The New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 places a duty on any person or organisation undertaking work involving the installation, renewal, maintenance or inspection of underground apparatus in any street or road to ensure that work is under the control of competent persons. To satisfy the requirements of the Act, work involving breaking up the street must be arranged under the supervision of a person having a prescribed qualification as a supervisor. In addition, whether or not the street is broken up, they must ensure that a person having a prescribed qualification as a trained operative is present on the site at all times when work is in progress.
A person may only act as a supervisor or trained operative for the type of work for which he/she has the relevant qualification. It may, therefore, be necessary for a number of persons having different qualifications to be involved during the progress of the work through its various stages. There is, however, no limit to the number qualifications that may be held by one person.
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