Grave Shoring Training

Half Day

This course is aimed at those who have purchased ‘GravShore’ Shoring Systems from Vp Groundforce Shorco and need to understand how to safely utilise said systems in graveyards. The training is fully practical in nature. Particular importance is placed on the identification of hazards unique to excavations in the industry, as well as introducing adequate control measures in order to reduce risk levels.

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Course Objectives

  • Identify the unique dangers and hazards associated with shoring a grave
  • Interpret how to mark out a new section and
  • Set out a grave based on GravShore shoring
  • Differentiate between soil types/conditions and best practice for grave location
  • Setting out of the correct grave size and selecting method of excavation (machine/ hand)
  • Protecting the coffin, memorial and/or turf, grave dressing, burial protocol & procedure
  • Discussion and/or installation of equipment
  • Carry out risk assessments unique to cemetery excavations.
  • Recognise the hazards, and implement control measures for those hazards.
  • Understand current legislation, policies and burial procedures
  • Methodology of backfill and removal of grave shoring systems
  • Reinstatement of grave and encompassing area


Groundforce Training is only able to provide training on a specific range of shoring equipment for a graveside. Specifically this is for a system which Vp Groundforce Shorco sell (not hire) called ‘GravShore.’

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Who Will Benefit?

Typically operatives who are required to carry out shoring/excavation work within a cemetery setting benefit most from this specialist course. However, managers, supervisors, and safety professionals who are responsible for excavation work may find the course invaluable.


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