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Trenching and Excavation Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)



Help ensure the safety of your construction or excavation project with our comprehensive Trenching and Excavation SWMS template. This template is designed to help businesses quickly and easily document the typical hazards associated with trenching and excavation activities, and implement effective safety controls. Tailored for construction companies engaging in high-risk excavation work, this template can be fully customised to include your business details, seamlessly integrating into your Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) management system.


Hazards & Control Measures Covered:

Our SWMS template extensively covers all common aspects of trenching and excavation works, including but not limited to:

  • Risk of trench collapse: Control measures include shoring, battering back trenches, and conducting pre-excavation site assessments.
  • Contact with underground services: Utilisation of 'Dial Before You Dig', potholing, and hand digging guidelines to prevent electrocution or utility damage.
  • Operational machinery hazards: Detailed checks and maintenance requirements for excavators and other plant equipment, ensuring operational safety and preventing mechanical failure.
  • Environmental and proximity hazards: Strategies to manage works near overhead power lines, ensuring appropriate clearances and safety protocols are in place.


Additional Resources:

Included with your SWMS is a free copy of our Legislation & Codes of Practice Reference List.


Key Features:

This Trenching and Excavation SWMS template is a quick and user-friendly tool designed to assist businesses in documenting and managing their WHS obligations. The template is easy to edit and customise, making it a perfect fit for your specific needs and requirements, to enhance safety and compliance on-site without extensive paperwork.

Trenching and Excavation SWMS

GST Included
  • 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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