The Trench Collapse Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document outlining the safety steps, main hazards, risks and controls in the event of a trench collapse.
Specific procedures must be implemented that are site specific and relevant to the nature of the collapse and the urgency of the rescue (e.g.: life-saving response). All precautions must be taken to ensure that a trench collapse will not occur. Always ensure area is made safe for rescue personnel.
Trench collapses can occur from unstable soil and inadequate shoring. It is important to note that any rescue action may act to disrupt the temporary stability of the trench and cause further collapse.
Remember: The content of the SWMS should be refined over time and include consultation with workers and other persons conducting a business or undertaking. Prior to each new activity, the SWMS must be reviewed and revised to ensure it applies to the high risk construction work and the actual site you are working at.
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