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  • Trench Work SWMS

Safe Work Method Statement -Trench Excavations (working in)


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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. Please be aware that 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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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
Job Steps (includes potential hazards and control measures)
Planning & Preparation
Implement a site specific Emergency Response Plan
Training and Capabilities
Assess onsite conditions
Set up work area
Temporary Traffic Control (TMP)
Delivery of materials/equipment (Pipes, backfill material, steel etc)
Excavating & backfilling - Working adjacent to machinery
Installing & removing trench shields / shoring or other materials
Excavating Trench - Water charged ground
Buried contaminants
Working in trenches > 1.5m deep
Lifting material into excavation e.g. pipes, culverts etc
On Completion
Emergency Response Procedures
Legislative References
Employee sign off section
Review & Monitoring

This document has been developed and provided by SafetyCulture Pty Ltd and is offered for sale by ACRIS Services who are licensed resellers for Australia. SafetyCulture employ former WorkSafe Inspectors to research and write documents ensuring safe work practices can be understood and followed by employees performing high risk activities in the course of their duties. SafetyCulture's mission is to make Safety A Way Of Life for workers across the world by providing documentation through software and printable files.

SWMS - Safe Work Method Statement

Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) are required for any high risk activity that is performed by an employee in the workplace. Each document must identify the risks involved when performing the activity, a risk rating for each risk, a safe work method to perform the activity and a residual risk rating for the risks. SafetyCulture SWMS comply with current WH&S legislation in all states across Australia. This document is fully completed with a step by step procedure that can be edited and appended. This is not a blank template, it is a comprehensive procedure that has been researched and developed by a qualified writer.