The Importance of Ground Disturbance Training

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Ground disturbance training is designed to protect workers in environments where hazards may arise through any form of ground disturbance.

The online Ground Disturbance Supervisor Training provided through Danatec by Yardstick Training is designed to ensures that personnel are familiar with, and fully understand, all the regulations and variances involved when a ground disturbance takes place. 

Global Training Centre and Danatec Educational Services Ltd. joint online training program is now fully endorsed to the ABCGA Ground Disturbance Standard 201. This course includes the 2019 updates to the Standard 201.

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What's Included?

Participants learn how to clarify sources when searching for underground facilities, provide notification to the facility owner and receive owner notification. Participants gain an understanding of the necessary approvals/crossing agreements and regulations necessary before creating a ground disturbance. They gain an understanding of line locating, including the use of electro-magnetic equipment, and learn about types of exposure. 

Participants will also learn how to do a back-fill inspection, as well as how to use permits and conduct pre-job meetings. Emergency response plans and what to do in case an underground facility is contacted are also covered. The practical exercise in the final module takes the participant through the process of building a ground disturbance checklist, using their knowledge gained within the course. Course content includes animated scenarios, expert character guideposts, interactive learning exercises, competency quiz questions, a full glossary and toolbox of regulations, codes, guides, downloadable sample documents and also a defensible final exam. 

This course is designed for any party that is supervising a ground disturbance, independently performing a ground disturbance or issuing and receiving ground disturbance permits.

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Why it Matters

​Each year in Canada workers accidentally damage thousands of buried facilities while conducting ground disturbance work

​The Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA)releases a DIRT Report, designed to show damage-related statistics across Canada based on voluntary reports filed within the previous year. The most recent report, covering 2017, found​ there were 11,564 reported damages to underground infrastructure in Canada, with more than 80 percent of these damages resulting in a disruption of service to families and businesses.

​The report found backhoes and trenchers were the most common type of equipment in use (70 percent). Damages occurred most often during work on water or sewer systems (32 percent of damages where type of work was reported). However, utility work (20 percent), construction (16 percent), roadwork (15 percent), and landscaping (15 percent), were​ very close.

The leading root cause of damages, in 51 percent of incidents, was that the excavator had not requested a locate.

​Course Outline:

  • ​Introduction
  • ​Damage Prevention
  • ​Stakeholders
  •  Ground Disturbance Management
  •  Search
  •  Notification
  •  Locates
  • Execution
  • ​Close Out
  • ​Practical Exercise

​Upon successful completion of Ground Disturbance Supervisor Training - ABCGA Endorsed, participants will be issued a training certificate valid for 3 years.

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