EUSR Excavation Rescue

Half Day

This safety course introduces the learner to the theoretical and practical side of rescue from open excavations. The course has been designed to cover current legislation and guidance including the HSE’s L101 and the use of davit arm systems along with stretchers and harnesses. Learners will become familiarised with the component parts, assembly and use of davit arm systems on trench boxes and sheet piles. 

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Course Objectives

  • Identify current legislation and guidance in relation to working in confined spaces
  • Duties of rescue 
  • Recognise potential weather hazards
  • Be able to safely install, use and remove davit arm systems 
  • Practically utilise stretchers and harnesses as part of an excavation rescue


Candidates joining this accredited course MUST hold a current (in-date) and valid EUSR Category 5 Install, Inspect and Remove proprietary shoring systems qualification or a EUSR Cat 3+4+5 or a EUSR Cat 4+5 qualification. If unsure or if you have questions please reach out to the Groundforce training team on 0800 0232663.

Who Will Benefit?

Managers, supervisors, and/or operatives who are required to oversee and/or carry out work in or around excavations. Where a design specifies the use of an excavation rescue system such as a davit arm you are required to hold a formal training qualification to show you are trained and competent to assemble and use the equipment.

Important Notes

In addition to holding the relevant qualification(s) as described in the Pre-requisites section, candidates should have practical on-site experience of installing and removing trench boxes. In order to keep the course duration to 5 hours or less, this element will form part of the training course, logistically enabling Groundforce Training to install a trench box prior to fitting the davit arm system as well as removing it after the practical Excavation Rescue assessments have been completed.

Due to the team work involved in the practical sessions contained with the EUSR accredited Excavation Rescue courses, this specialist course must have a minimum of 4 candidates (maximum is 8) to successfully run safely. If you have questions please reach out to the Groundforce training team on 0800 0232663.


  • EU Skills - EUSR SMART card with photo id, qualification stated on back of card 
  • EU Skills – EUSR Virtual Registration is available upon request in lieu of plastic SMART card
  • Electronic Groundforce Training certificate also provided via email
  • EUSR qualifications are valid for 3 years,
  • On or before your qualification(s) expiry date you’ll need to renew in order for qualification(s) to stay on the EU Skills register

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Did you know that once you’ve completed and passed your course qualification(s) and EU Skills have registered them, they are available to view and check 24/7 here. You’ll just need to enter your EUSR ID and Surname.

Please note:

  • EUSR qualifications that have not yet been registered by our administration team won’t show. For example, if you were on a course yesterday.
  • EUSR qualifications that are expired won’t display (even if 1 single day expired)
  • Groundforce Training are here to help with any questions, contact: 0800 0232663

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