Ground disturbance can be regarded as the name implies any activity or operation disturbing the earth
or that may lead to the initial installation cover of a buried facility being reduced . Ground disturbance
activities may include excavating, digging, trench in, plowing, drilling, quarrying, grading, blasting
leveling, stripping topsoil, etc, Ground disturbance may involve installing an equipment under the
ground or excavating a buried facility under the ground. It is important to note that ground disturbing
activities would exceed 30 centimeters in depth or may permanently reduce the amount of pipeline
cover. Ground disturbance activity is not limited only to construction works. An occurrence of a deep
tillage cultivation which exceeds 45 centimeter depth can also be considered a ground disturbance
activity. in the process of a ground disturbance, damages are prone to occur when excavating a buried
facility. At Northlink Safety Training & Services we offer workers ground disturbance training to
stakeholders who are involved in a ground disturbance activity.
WHAT TO DO WHEN EMBARKING ON A GROUND DISTURBING ACTIVITY
• Buried facilities owners should be appropriately notified of an intention to excavate identified
areas where they have facilities buried.
• Project owners should patiently wait to secure the permission of buried facility owners before
groundbreaking process begins.
• Buried facilities should be appropriately located and accurately marked before ground
disturbance activities commence.
• Ground disturbers and project owners should ensure that formal agreements and necessary
approvals are secured from the owners of buried facilities.
• Most importantly, best construction practices demands the ground disturbers make use of
proper and safe ground disturbance practices.
WHO NEEDS WORKERS GROUND DISTURBANCE TRAINING
• Owners of buried facilities who might find it important to establish certain conditions for those
working close to their facilities buried under the ground so as to secure the integrity of such
• Project owners would also find a training like this helpful. Project owners need to set up
conditions on personnels who are undertaking ground breaking activities on their behalf.
• This training would help ground disturbers apply due diligence as they conduct ground
• Other stakeholders in ground disturbance activities. Stakeholders such s locators, regulators etc.
whose practices safe in lieu with the ground disturbance processes.