Conducting Excavations Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)


The Conducting Excavations Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) features:

  1. Instant download
  2. Acceptance Guaranteed
  3. Easy to edit Microsoft Word format so you can add your logo and site specific details
  4. Complies with latest legislation

Specifically, the Conducting Excavations Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) covers:

  1. Operational guidelines, with a step by step approach to safe work
  2. Possible hazards that may be encountered
  3. Step by step safety procedures to follow
  4. Before work starts – Guidelines and Checks
  5. And more. Please check details below

Introducing our top-notch Safe Work Method Statement Template for Conducting Excavations. This tool is essential for anyone in the construction or excavation industry looking to uphold the highest standards of workplace safety and compliance. Below are the key features that make this template incredibly useful:

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: Ready-to-use content that covers all key aspects of excavation activities, saving you time and ensuring nothing is overlooked.
  • Fully Editable and Customisable in Microsoft Word Format: Modify and adapt the content easily to fit the specific needs of your project without any hassle.
  • Includes the Scope of the Project and the Project Details: Clearly define what the project involves with dedicated sections for detailed descriptions, helping keep everyone on the same page.
  • Includes Checklist of Any High Risk Machinery on Site: Safety first! Ensure all high-risk machinery is accounted for and reviewed before commencement.
  • Includes Space for Recording Any Staff Training: Document training sessions related to the project, enhancing the competency and safety of all workers involved.
  • Includes Before and After Risk Ratings: Assess risks prior to starting and upon completion to measure the effectiveness of risk management practices.
  • Includes Resources for Use of Legislative References: Stay informed and compliant with relevant laws and regulations pertinent to your excavation work.
  • Includes All PPE Required: List all Personal Protective Equipment necessary for safe operations throughout your excavation project.
  • Includes Risk Assessment and Risk Assessment Matrix: Comprehensive tools to identify potential hazards and analyse them effectively, boosting overall site safety.
  • Includes a Checklist to Ensure All Requirements Have Been Covered When Implementing the SWMS: A final rundown to verify that every safety aspect has been addressed before proceeding.
  • Includes Sign Off Page for All Workers and Responsible Persons: Confirm that all team members have understood and agree to comply with the safety measures outlined in the SWMS.
  • Easy to Use, Easy to Customise: Designed with user-friendliness in mind, making it straightforward for tradespeople to use and adapt.
  • Suitable for Large Contracts and Tenders, Including Tier 1 Contractual Work: Our template meets the rigorous demands and standards required for high-level contract works.
  • Quick Delivery by Email: Get your hands on the template swiftly via email soon after purchase, allowing you to get started without delay.

This carefully crafted Safe Work Method Statement Template doesn’t just help in complying with legal obligations; it encourages a culture of safety and thoroughness which is crucial in high-risk industries like construction and excavation.

The Conducting Excavations Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) includes the following job steps and related potential hazards:

  • 1. Site Preparation
    • Underground services
    • Weather conditions
  • 2. Marking Out
    • Inaccurate markings
    • Trip hazards
  • 3. Equipment Setup
    • Equipment failure
    • Incorrect handling
  • 4. Excavation Commencement
    • Collapse of sides
    • Striking utilities
  • 5. Soil Removal
    • Manual handling injuries
    • Machinery movement
  • 6. Trench Support Installation
    • Collapsed trench
    • Equipment malfunction
  • 7. Access Provision
    • Falls
    • Slips and trips
  • 8. Ongoing Inspection
    • Unstable edges
    • Water ingress
  • 9. Utilities Handling
    • Electrocution
    • Gas leaks
  • 10. Environmental Management
    • Dust
    • Noise
  • 11. Lighting
    • Risk of night work
    • Poor visibility
  • 12. Personnel Rotation
    • Fatigue
    • Dehydration
  • 13. Emergency Procedures Review
    • Delayed response
    • Inadequate first aid
  • 14. Housekeeping
    • Obstructions
    • Slippery surfaces
  • 15. Final Inspection
    • Incomplete work
    • Miscommunication
  • 16. Sign-off Work
    • Lack of documentation
    • Non-compliance issues
  • 17. Equipment Dismantling
    • Incorrect dismantling
    • Hurry in ending shift
  • 18. Waste Disposal
    • Incorrect disposal methods
    • Hazardous materials exposure
  • 19. Area Restoration
    • Failure to restore properly
    • Environment harm
  • 20. Reporting
    • Data inaccuracies
    • Missed details

Each Safe Work Method Statement has specific content that is referenced to, but not limited to a number of authorities such as Codes of Practice, Regulations, Australian Standards or the Act.

The Conducting Excavations Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) references:

Ordering only takes a few minutes. Upon ordering completion, a link will be sent to your email address to download your documents, then add your company logo to the top of the header and you’re finished.

Frequent Questions

Safe Work Method Statement Template FAQ’s

What format is a BlueSafe Australia Safe Work Method Statement Template delivered in?

Because every SWMS needs to be edited to suit on-site specifics, it makes sense to deliver our Safe Work Method Statements in Microsoft Word Format for easy editing.

How many pages long is each Safe Work Method Statement Template?

It depends entirely on the nature of the risks associated with the SWMS Template, however on average the documents are between 7-15 pages in length. Each Safe Work Method Statement is comprehensive in nature and is easy to use.

What are before and after risk ratings?

Before and after risk ratings are simply this: When you initially start to do a job, like say drill a hole in a wall, there will be a level of risk, which for this example let's just say is a level 2 (before). The idea is that then you would implement some type of control measure to reduce the risk, and in this case we would implement the control measure of wearing safety glasses to protect the eyes. This now would bring the risk of an injury down to a level 1 (after). Here you can see how the SWMS has a before and after risk rating for each step of a job, task or process.

Why do the Safe Work Method Statement Templates have before and after risk ratings?

Before and after risk ratings are a simple and effective way to clearly show how, and how much a certain level of risk has been brought down for a certain step in a job task or process. Another reason also is that many larger contractors now like to see before and after risk ratings, so it makes sense to include them in our Templates.

Are the SWMS Templates pre-filled?

Absolutely. Every Safe Work Method Statement Template is pre-filled, high quality and comprehensive in order to help save you as much time, and deliver as much quality information as possible when conducting your own on site safety.

Do the Safe Work Method Statement Templates come with a Risk Assessment?

Yes. Each Safe Work Method Statement comes with it's own built in Risk Assessment which is part of the working document. The SWMS is straightforward, easy to use and has a risk calculator to work out the risk level and likelihood of the risk occurring.

Does each SWMS Template have the required PPE already suggested?

Yes, each SWMS Template has a range of PPE recorded, as well as picture icons of different PPE items that you can add/remove as you need to for the requirements of the job task.

What Should be Included in a Safe Work Method Statement?

If you're going to be doing any high risk construction work, you'll most likely not only need a Safe Work Method Statement, but you'll also need to make sure your SWMS has a number of checks and balances in order for the document to be accepted in your construction site safety. Purchasing a safe work method statement template can help save you quite a lot of time rather than starting from scratch. Also, just remember that even though every BlueSafe Template is highly comprehensive and pre-filled, your SWMS Template should be adjusted to suit any noticeable risks that are specific to the task you are performing.

Your Safe Work Method Statement must:
  • List or show the different types of construction work that is high risk
  • Clearly explain the workplace health and safety hazards as well as the risks that arise from the works
  • Explain in detail how each risk will be managed, maintained and controlled
  • Explain how each control measure will be implemented in order to reduce each risk
  • Describe how each control measure will be monitored an how often the control measures will be reviewed
  • Consider any additional factors that may impact the level of risk involved with the safety of the construction site such as weather, wind etc.
  • Be made available and accessible to read by employees and applicable personnel at any time.
  • Every SWMS should be easy to understand and written in plain language
  • Every BlueSafe Australia Safe Work Method Statement Template is straightforward and easy to use. They also have what's called 'before and after risk ratings', which basically means there's a built in risk assessment that is used in the process of using the document. This allows you to asses the initial risks and give them a score, and then assess the risk and give an 'after score' once the listed control measures are implemented. All our documents are comprehensive, pre-filled and easy to use. You can even download a sample below and see an example.
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