Excavation and Trenching Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)


The Excavation and Trenching 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 Excavation and Trenching 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

Safe Work Method Statement Template for Excavation and Trenching

If you’re in the business of excavation and trenching, navigating through workplace health and safety can feel a bit like walking through a minefield. You need something that’s straightforward without unnecessary jargon. Our Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) Template is precisely what you are looking for.

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: The template comes pre-filled with all the intricacies required for carrying out excavation and trenching safely. We’ve done the thinking work for you, covering everything from identification of hazards to control measures. It’s comprehensive yet concise, presenting important information in a digestible manner.
  • Fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format for easy editing: Feel free to tailor the template to suit your particular project needs. Got a special piece of machinery on site? Add it in. Different work procedures? No worries. You can tweakthe document however you wish.
  • Includes the scope of the project and the project details: Being clear about the task at hand is crucial for executing it correctly and safely. This SWMS template includes sections where the scope of the project and all important details can be listed for everyone to understand and follow.
  • Includes checklist of any high-risk machinery on site: From your classic digger to the larger trencher, all high-risk machinery used on site can be recorded in the provided checklist. This ensures machine operations are carried out safely and according to regulations.
  • Includes space for recording any staff training: This includes space for noting down worker competence levels and outlining any necessary inductions or training sessions, allowing for better risk management.
  • Includes before and after risk ratings: This feature allows you to review and control the situation accurately. Note down the current risk level, implement the suggested actions, then rate the risk level again. It’s that simple.
  • Includes resources for use of legislative references: Keeping track of legislation is vital, that’s why we’ve included references to relevant Australian Safety Legislation within the document.
  • Includes all PPE required: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential in excavation and trenching work. This aspect of the template outlines all the PPE needed for different activities and makes it pretty hard to forget about safety gear.
  • Includes risk assessment and risk assessment matrix: With these tools, you’ll be able to determine the severity and likelihood of potential hazards effectively.
  • Includes a checklist to ensure all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS: Having a checklist gives you a quick overview and helps you stay on top of things. No more missing small but important details!
  • Includes sign off page for all workers and responsible persons: There’s nothing like a signed-off document to ensure everyone is on the same page. After going through the SWMS, each worker and responsible person can sign to verify understanding and acceptance.
  • Easy to use, easy to customise: You’ll find the layout intuitive and user-friendly. The template is made with a minimalistic design, leaving you more time to focus on the real work than battling with formatting issues.
  • Suitable for large contracts and Tenders, including tier 1 contractual work: It’s not only suited to small projects and businesses; the template encompasses all necessary aspects required for larger contractsand Tier 1 projects as well.
  • Quick delivery by email: We understand that time is of the essence, so once purchased, we’ll deliver your template right to your inbox in no time at all!

So there you have it folks – a straightforward, practical solution designed with our hardworking trades people in mind. No fuss, just a plain old good SWMS template to help keep you and your crew safe on site.

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

  • 1. Preparation
    • Unstable ground
    • Falling materials
  • 2. Excavation planning
    • Lack of proper equipment
    • Inadequate skills
  • 3. Setting up site
    • Road traffic
    • Pedestrian movement
  • 4. Implementing controls
    • Incorrect isolations
    • Failing to follow procedures
  • 5. Excavating soil
    • Working near utilities
    • Ground collapse
  • 6. Soil placement
    • Risk of falling
    • Dust exposure
  • 7. Installing supports
    • Heavy lifting
    • Structural collapse
  • 8. Inspection
    • Inadequate lighting
    • Lack of expertise
  • 9. Working in the excavation
    • Falling materials
    • Trips and slips
  • 10. Backfilling
    • Entrapment
    • Dust exposure
  • 11. Site clean-up
    • Incorrect disposal methods
    • Lifting injuries
  • 12. Demobilisation
    • Road traffic
    • Pedestrian movement
  • 13. Reviewing SWMS
    • Lack of experience
    • Non-compliance of workers
  • 14. Reporting and Recording
    • Miscommunication
    • Inaccurate documentation
  • 15. Emergency procedures
    • Inadequate training
    • Unclear evacuation paths
  • 16. Follow-up actions
    • Delays in action
    • Miscommunication
  • 17. Safety audits
    • Inaccuracy in reporting
    • Negligence
  • 18. Documentation and Reporting
    • Incorrect information
    • Delay in reporting
  • 19. Weather contingencies
    • Failure to check weather report
    • Ignoring severe weather alerts
  • 20. Machine maintenance
    • Wear and tear left unchecked
    • Improper handling of equipment

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 Excavation and Trenching 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.

Your document will be delivered in editable Microsoft Word format. This PDF sample is just for preview

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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