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Safe work method statement - Excavation works - Drilling of deadman anchors

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Drilling of deadman anchors

Deadman anchors are holes drilled into the ground. A deadman anchor is an engineer designed ground anchor intended to support a concrete tilt-up panel in the erection phase of a concrete tilt-up panel structure.


Tasks associated with the drilling of deadman anchors would include:

  • Job preparation and planning prior to the drilling of a deadman anchor;
  • Establishing an exclusion zone where overhead electrical services and electrical parts are present;
  • Identification as to the nature and location of any underground services;
  • Drilling of a deadman anchor with an article or item of earthmoving plant;
  • Protection of excavations e.g. self-supporting barricade;
  • Manual handling and ergonomic issues associated with the set-out and drilling of deadman anchors;
  • Personal protective equipment required to be worn and/or used when setting out and drilling deadman anchors;
  • Housekeeping of a workplace and work area;
  • Monitoring of control measures in the performance of the work task.

Safety procedure includes

Drilling deadman anchors safe work method statement

Drilling deadman anchors safe work method statement is a 15 page document compliant with statute OHS reporting requirements. It identifies known hazards and risks, and outlines the control measures to be implemented to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, serious injury or illness generated from the drilling of deadman anchors undertaken in association with the performance of excavation works.

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Control measures

Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, injury or illness to persons are addressed in the safe work method statement as per the following sections.

  • Consultation with employees.
  • Generation of hazards.
  • Job preparation and planning.
  • Establishing and maintaining an exclusion zone.
  • Identification of underground services.
  • Operation of earthmoving plant in the drilling of a deadman anchor.
  • Protection of excavations.
  • Manual handling issues.
  • Personal protective equipment requirements.
  • Training requirements.
  • Housekeeping requirements.
  • Failure to monitor controls.
  • Risk matrix and descriptors.
  • Additional hazards, risks and controls.
  • Approval and change management form.
  • Sign-off for drilling of deadman anchors.

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