Trevor Dunkerley <[log in to unmask]> wrote: Kevin wrote:
>The IFA does not issue guidelines for safe depth of working. I believe that
>their Code of Conduct insists that IFA members >have due regard to Health
>and Safety legislation.
That's very interesting considering DCC when issuing a brief stipulate:
"If the depth of trenching exceeds 1.2 metres the trench sides will need to
be shored or stepped to enable the archaeologist to examine and record the
exposed stratigraphy. The work shall be carried out in accordance with IFA
Standards and Guidance for Archaeological Field Evaluations (1994), as
The IFA Standards and Guidance for Archaeological Field Evaluations document, as amended (2001), is available online at www.archaeologists.net. This document doesn't carry any specific H&S advice and I wonder if you have slightly misread the DCC brief. (perhaps the final paragraph regarding the IFA doc should form a separate clause).
Do DCC not issue a copy of the IFA guidelines as an appendix to their brief?. If I were the archaeological advisor to the planning authority, I would find it slightly worrying that an archaeological contractor was unaware of the details of the IFA guidance, if that guidance was central to the WSI.
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