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Manual Excavation Safe Work Method Statement



The Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) for Manual Excavation is crafted to support businesses involved in excavation activities. This template provides an easy way for companies to document the common hazards associated with manual excavation, such as striking buried services or dealing with overhead lines, and the control measures to minimise these risks. This SWMS template can be easily customised to include specific business details and integrated into existing Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) management systems, making it an invaluable tool for construction and utility companies.


Hazards & Control Measures Covered:

  • Striking Buried Services: Pre-excavation checks using service locators, adhering to safe digging practices.
  • Electrocution from Overhead Lines: Maintaining a minimum distance from overhead lines, using non-conductive tools.
  • Manual Handling Injuries: Use of ergonomic tools, team lifting for heavy items, and adherence to manual handling protocols.
  • Heat Stress and Dehydration: Ensuring adequate hydration, scheduling frequent rest breaks, especially in hot weather.
  • Trip Hazards and Collisions: Clear marking of excavation sites, maintaining clean and organised work areas.


Additional Resources:

Purchase of this SWMS template includes a free copy of our Legislation & Codes of Practice Reference List.


Key Features:

This SWMS for Manual Excavation is designed to be a quick and effective tool for documenting the common hazards and safety measures for manual excavation work. It is easy to use and can be quickly customised to fit specific job requirements, ensuring that businesses can manage their WHS obligations efficiently.

Manual Excavation SWMS

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  • Instant delivery via email.
  • Easily add your logo and business details.
  • Fully Editable (Microsoft Word Format).
  • Customisation instructions provided.
  • In line with Australian legislation.
  • Pay once, no ongoing subscriptions.

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