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Laying Stormwater Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing our Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) for laying stormwater – a comprehensive and pre-filled document that can be customised to suit the needs of your project. This SWMS has been designed to help you comply with legal requirements and ensure the safety of your workers by providing a detailed plan of work procedures, risk assessments, and control measures for laying stormwater.

Key features of our SWMS include:

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: Our SWMS comes pre-filled with all the necessary information required for laying stormwater, including risk assessments, control measures, and legislative references. This helps you save time and ensures that all critical aspects of the project are covered.
  • Fully Editable and Customisable: Our SWMS is fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format. You can easily add or remove information, update details, and tailor the SWMS to your specific project requirements.
  • Includes Scope of Project and Project Details: Our SWMS includes the scope of the project, the project details, and any other relevant information about the project to help you plan and organise your work effectively.
  • Checklist of High-Risk Machinery: Our SWMS includes a checklist of any high-risk machinery or equipment that will be used on the site. This helps ensure that workers are properly trained, and the machinery is operated safely.
  • Recording of Staff Training: Our SWMS includes space to record any staff training or induction undertaken by workers on the project. This ensures that workers have been adequately trained and are aware of the risks associated with their work.
  • Before and After Risk Ratings: Our SWMS includes before and after risk ratings to help you assess the effectiveness of the control measures implemented during the project.
  • Resources for Use of Legislative References: Our SWMS includes resources for the use of legislative references to help you stay compliant with the relevant legislation and regulations.
  • PPE Required: Our SWMS includes all personal protective equipment (PPE) required for laying stormwater. This helps ensure that workers are adequately protected from hazards.
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Assessment Matrix: Our SWMS includes a risk assessment and risk assessment matrix to help you identify potential hazards and assess the level of risk associated with them.
  • Checklist for Implementation: Our SWMS includes a checklist to ensure that all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS. This helps ensure that all aspects of the project have been considered, and risks have been adequately managed.
  • Sign Off Page: Our SWMS includes a sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons to acknowledge their understanding and acceptance of the SWMS. This helps ensure that everyone involved in the project is aware of their responsibilities and understands the risks associated with their work.
  • Easy to Use and Customise: Our SWMS is user-friendly and easy to customise, making it suitable for any project regardless of its size and complexity.
  • Suitable for Large Contracts and Tenders: Our SWMS is suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work.
  • Instantly Delivered Download: Our SWMS is available for instant download after purchase, so you can start using it right away.

Our SWMS for laying stormwater is a valuable tool that can help you manage risks and comply with legal requirements. It provides a detailed plan of work procedures, risk assessments, and control measures, and is fully editable and customisable to suit your specific project needs. Get your copy today and ensure the safety of your workers and compliance with the relevant legislation and regulations.

Here is some safety information related to laying stormwater.

Job Steps:

  1. Site Preparation
  • Identify and mark the location of the stormwater pit and pipe according to the design plan.
  • Ensure the area around the pit and pipe is clear of debris and any other obstructions.
  • Ensure the surrounding area is barricaded to prevent public access.
  1. Excavation
  • Use an excavator to dig the trench for the stormwater pipe.
  • Ensure the trench is deep enough to allow the pipe to slope at the required gradient.
  • Ensure the trench is wide enough to allow for safe working conditions.
  1. Installation of Stormwater Pipe
  • Lower the stormwater pipe into the trench using a crane or excavator.
  • Ensure the pipe is laid at the required gradient and secured in place.
  • Connect the pipe to the stormwater pit using the appropriate fittings.
  • Ensure all joints are sealed and watertight.
  1. Backfilling
  • Use a compactor to backfill the trench in layers.
  • Ensure the backfill is properly compacted to prevent settling.
  • Ensure the backfill is level with the surrounding area.
  1. Site Cleanup
  • Remove all equipment and debris from the site.
  • Ensure the site is left in a clean and tidy condition.


  • Risk of excavation collapse or cave-in.
  • Risk of workers being struck by heavy machinery.
  • Risk of workers being struck by falling objects.
  • Risk of workers coming into contact with live services.
  • Risk of exposure to hazardous substances (e.g. asbestos, chemicals).
  • Risk of slips, trips, and falls.

Risk Control Measures:

  • Conduct a site inspection to identify and assess potential hazards.
  • Ensure all workers are trained and competent in their tasks.
  • Use barricades to prevent public access to the work area.
  • Implement traffic control measures if necessary.
  • Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hard hats, high visibility clothing, and safety boots.
  • Use a safety harness and fall arrest system when working at height.
  • Ensure all machinery and equipment are regularly maintained and in good working order.
  • Follow safe work procedures when operating machinery and equipment.
  • Conduct a hazard assessment and implement appropriate control measures when working with hazardous substances.
  • Provide a safe working environment by ensuring the work area is well-lit and free from trip hazards.

Emergency Procedures:

  • In the event of an emergency, workers should evacuate the work area immediately and report to the designated assembly point.
  • If a worker is injured, administer first aid and seek medical attention if necessary.
  • If a worker is trapped, do not attempt to rescue them unless it is safe to do so and appropriate equipment is available.
  • In the event of a gas leak or other hazardous substance release, follow the emergency response procedures outlined.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hello, my friends! Today, I want to talk about something that’s very important for anyone involved in construction work: laying stormwater. While it may seem like a straightforward task, it’s important to keep in mind the potential dangers involved and take the necessary safety precautions to ensure that everyone involved remains safe.

First and foremost, it’s important to understand the potential hazards associated with laying stormwater. This type of work involves digging trenches, handling heavy materials, and operating heavy machinery, all of which pose a significant risk of injury if proper safety measures aren’t taken. Workers can suffer from falls, crush injuries, cuts, and even electrocution if they’re not careful.

To mitigate these risks, it’s crucial to follow some basic safety recommendations. First, make sure that all workers involved in laying stormwater are properly trained and certified in their respective areas of work. This includes training on how to operate heavy machinery and how to properly handle materials to prevent injury.

Next, ensure that all workers have access to the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and are using it at all times. This includes items such as hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, and steel-toed boots, which can protect workers from falling debris, flying debris, and other hazards.

Additionally, it’s important to properly maintain all machinery and equipment to prevent accidents caused by equipment failure. Regular inspections and maintenance can help prevent equipment malfunction, which can lead to serious injuries or even death.

When it comes to digging trenches, it’s important to follow proper excavation techniques to prevent cave-ins. This includes shoring up the trench walls and using proper sloping techniques to prevent the walls from collapsing. It’s also important to keep heavy equipment and materials away from the edges of the trench to prevent accidental collapses.

Another key safety recommendation is to always work in teams and never work alone. This allows for quicker response times in the event of an emergency and ensures that there are multiple sets of eyes on the work being done, which can help identify potential hazards before they become accidents.

Finally, it’s important to ensure that all workers are well-rested and alert while on the job. Fatigue and distraction can lead to accidents, so it’s crucial that workers take breaks when necessary and avoid working overly long shifts.

In summary, laying stormwater is a vital task in construction work, but it’s important to keep in mind the potential dangers involved and take the necessary safety precautions to prevent accidents. By following these safety recommendations, workers can help ensure that they remain safe while on the job and avoid potentially life-threatening injuries. Stay safe, my friends!


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