Ground Disturbance for Construction


This one-day course is designed for workers and supervisors involved in ground disturbance activities within residential, commercial and industrial construction environments.

Ground Disturbance for Construction provides an awareness of various forms of work associated with groundwork. Throughout the training, participants will gain an understanding of applicable legislated responsibilities, appropriate safe work processes to employ when conducting groundwork and considerations for working safely in trenches and excavations.

Ground Disturbance for Construction is intended to help workers understand the importance of preventative measures used to avoid unforeseen events and accidents.


Course Focus

  • Identify and define ground disturbance
  • Review common terms used in ground disturbance construction work
  • Explain the importance of ground disturbance legislation and regulations
  • Describe the responsibilities of parties involved in ground disturbance
  • Identify the proper steps for performing groundwork
  • Recognize when permits and agreements are required
  • Describe how to locate, identify and mark underground utilities
  • Explain how to expose underground utilities, excavate and backfill safely
  • Identify common causes and consequences of underground utility contact
  • Describe safety requirements to prevent contact
  • Understand the importance of having an emergency response plan


Course Features

  • Satisfies audit requirements for COR® and SECOR® job-specific training
  • An Elective course for NCSO™ and NHSA™ certification
  • 3-year expiry


Course Length: 1 day (7 hours)

Pre-requisite: None


CEU Credits

This course may be eligible for BCRSP CPD points through the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals as well as Continuing Education Units through the Sask Operator Certification Board. For more information see the noted websites.

Course hours can be used towards the Gold Seal Certification application for credits, subject to credit approval upon review. Note: every 6 hours of learning equals 1 Gold Seal credit.