Accredited to the Energy and Utility Skills Register (EUSR)

Incidents of cable strikes have gone up by 46% since the end of the national coronavirus lockdown, our aim at the academy is to decrease this figure by providing in depth training to the construction and utilities sector.

New research by the Energy Networks Association (ENA) have suggested almost a third of construction workers and energy industry professionals are risking their lives because they fail to check for underground electricity cables whilst digging on site. Every year there are over 60,000 cable strikes while performing excavation works in the UK alone. Our training provision can offer a range of utility detection training at our world-class training facility

Our comprehensive training programme is focused on reducing the risks of utility strikes in the construction and infrastructure industry. Our experienced team of trainers can support any candidate, regardless of their experience, to locate and identify services and any associated risks, whilst developing a good understanding of the latest health, safety and environmental legislations.

Using a blended approach of onsite practical learning and theory in a classroom environment, our courses place a strong emphasis on safety to ensure candidates develop the right skills to keep everyone safe from the risk of a utility strike.

This course can be delivered at the academy or on site if conditions are suitable.

Course Outline

This course has been designed to cover the following areas:

Category 1: Locate Utility Services (HSG47) covers the minimum training and assessment required for those working to safely detect utility services using recognised and approved detection methods.

The standard has been derived from the following National Occupational Standards:
EUSMUNC06 – Locate and Avoid Services for Utilities Network Construction
EUSEPUS044 – Location and Identification of Underground Utility Services in the Electricity Power Utilities

It also incorporates the relevant requirements of HSE guidance documents:
HSG47 – Avoiding Danger from Underground Services
HSG150 – Health and Safety in Construction

Achievement of the standard demonstrates effective performance, by being able to demonstrate the following skills and knowledge:

  • Interpret utility plan drawings and identify symbols and coded information
  • Prepare and use location equipment to locate a range of underground services
  • Identify the dangers and hazards associated with underground services
  • Recognise why some services are more difficult to locate
  • Carry out site marking using appropriate methods

On Completion

Upon successful completion and achievement of this course, learners will be awarded the EUSR Category 1 Qualification. This is valid for three years and must be renewed at that time.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for both new entrants and existing construction and utility sector workers who are carrying out their roles around utilities. This will also benefit managers and supervisors who are required to oversee and/or carry out this type of work.

All attendees are required to provide photographic identification prior to attending the course.

Course Duration

The minimum guided learning hours for a EUSR Categories 1: Locate Utility Services (HSG47) is 1 day.