Health and Safety

Ground Penetration

The University Campuses are crisscrossed with underground services including electricity cables, communications cables (which include both wired and fibre optic circuits), gas mains, water mains, foul and surface water drainage. Contact with these services can have a serious or even fatal consequences to staff and contractors and can also cause serious disruption to the University’s core business.

The University procedure applies to the following work activities involving ground penetration to a depth of more than 300mm:

  • Excavation;
  • Trenching;
  • Digging;
  • Vertical or horizontal drilling/ boring;
  • Driving of metal piles into the ground;
  • Use of spikes to stabilise temporary structures such as Marquees etc.
  • Tree felling & ‘stump grinding’.

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Routine grounds maintenance work, carried out in established cultivated areas e.g. planting, turning over soil etc. is not covered by these procedures.



Health and Safety Department

Pharmacy Building (Building 63)
University Park
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Telephone: Telephone: +44 (0)115 9513401
Email: h&