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Excavation and Working in Trenches SWMS 10281-4

Excavation and Working in Trenches SWMS 10281-4

Product SKU: 10281
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  • Complies with current legislation in all States and Territories
  • Includes a site specific Emergency Response Plan
  • Fully customisable so you can add your logo and any site specific details
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Trench - Excavations Working In Safe Work Method Statement

This SWMS provides guidance on safe work procedures when working in excavations greater than 1.5m deep. This includes working adjacent to mobile plant, shoring and trench shields, hazardous atmospheres and contaminated ground, contact with overhead electrical services falls and general safety items such as PPE and hazardous manual handling procedures. 

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Save time with our pre-filled, fully customisable templates. Simply add your company details and include any site specific details or risks ensuring it is specific to the task at hand. It is then ready for printing and inclusion in your overall WHS System. 

Trench - Excavations Working In SWMS Content: 

  • High Risk Construction Work
    • Mobile Plant   
    • Working at depths greater than 1.5 Metres, including tunnels or mines
    • Work carried out adjacent to a road, railway or shipping lane, traffic corridor
  • Risk Assessment Matrix
  • Hierarchy of Controls
  • PPE
  • Job Steps (includes potential hazards and control measures)
    1. Planning & Preparation
    2. Implement a site specific Emergency Response Plan
    3. Training and Capabilities
    4. Assess onsite conditions
    5. Set up work area
    6. Temporary Traffic Control (TMP)
    7. Delivery of materials/equipment (Pipes, backfill material, steel etc)
    8. Excavating & backfilling - Working adjacent to machinery
    9. Installing & removing trench shields / shoring or other materials
    10. Excavating Trench - Water charged ground
    11. Buried contaminants
    12. Working in trenches > 1.5m deep
    13. Lifting material into excavation e.g. pipes, culverts etc
    14. On Completion
  • Emergency Response Procedures
  • Legislative References
  • Employee sign off section
  • Review & Monitoring 
  • Emergency Response Plan


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For works carried out on a regular basis a generic SWMS may be prepared and used for those work activities.

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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