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Safe work method statement - Excavation works - Excavation of footings

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Excavation of footings

The excavation of footings is done in preparation for the construction of a building or structure. Bored piers often support a footing excavated in compacted fill.


Tasks associated with the excavation of footings would include:

  • Job preparation and planning prior to the excavation of footings;
  • Establishing an exclusion zone where overhead electrical services and electrical parts are present;
  • Identification as to the nature and location of any underground services;
  • Excavation of footings 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 excavation of footings;
  • Personal protective equipment required to be worn and/or used when setting out and excavating footings;
  • Housekeeping of a workplace and work area;
  • Monitoring of control measures in the performance of the work task.

Safety procedure includes

Excavation of footings safe work method statement

Excavation of footings safe work method statement is a 20 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, injury or illness generated from the excavation of footings.

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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 excavation of footings.
  • 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 excavation of footings.

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