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Operating an Excavator Safe Work Method Statement



This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) outlines the common procedures and safety measures for operating an excavator on construction sites. It provides a structured approach to help ensure all key operational risks associated with excavator use are identified and managed effectively. This document is designed for easy customisation, enabling integration into any company’s Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) management system.


Hazards & Control Measures Covered:

  • Risk of injury from excavator operation: Implementation of daily pre-start safety checks, ensuring operator competency and proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Risk of excavator collapse on unstable ground: Conduct ground assessments, use appropriate support systems, and adhere to safe distance guidelines to prevent trench collapse.
  • Potential for hitting underground services: Use of service plans, locators, and visual inspection to avoid underground utilities.
  • Manual handling risks during equipment handling: Employ mechanical lifting aids and enforce manual handling training.
  • Environmental risks due to excavation activities: Implement measures to control sediment runoff and prevent environmental contamination.


Additional Resources:

This SWMS package includes a Legislation & Codes of Practice Reference List.


Key Features:

This template offers an easy-to-use format for documenting safety practices related to excavator operations, including addressing potential hazards and implementing control measures to mitigate risks effectively.

Excavator SWMS

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