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Location Of Underground Services Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing our Safe Work Method Statement for the location of underground services – a pre-filled and comprehensive document designed to assist you in mitigating risks associated with underground service projects. Our SWMS is fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format, making it easy for you to tailor it to your specific project needs.

Here are some of the key features of our SWMS:

  • Scope of the project and project details: Our SWMS includes a detailed scope of your project, as well as key project details to ensure that your workers have a clear understanding of what is required of them.
  • Checklist of high-risk machinery on site: We’ve included a checklist of high-risk machinery that may be present on your site to help you manage these risks effectively.
  • Recording of staff training: Our SWMS includes space for recording any staff training that has been undertaken to ensure that your workers have the necessary skills and knowledge to work safely.
  • Before and after risk ratings: We provide a space for recording before and after risk ratings, allowing you to track the effectiveness of your risk mitigation strategies.
  • Legislative references: Our SWMS includes resources for use of legislative references, helping you to stay compliant with relevant legislation and regulations.
  • PPE requirements: We’ve included all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements to ensure that your workers have the appropriate gear to stay safe on the job.
  • Risk assessment and risk assessment matrix: Our SWMS includes a risk assessment and risk assessment matrix to help you identify and manage risks associated with your project.
  • Checklist to ensure all requirements have been covered: We’ve included a comprehensive checklist to ensure that all necessary requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS.
  • Sign off page for all workers and responsible persons: Our SWMS includes a sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons, ensuring that everyone has read and understood the SWMS.

Our SWMS is easy to use and customise, making it suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work. Plus, with instant delivery, you can download it right away and get started on your project.

At Bluesafe, we’re committed to helping you ensure the safety of your workers on site. Our SWMS is just one way we can assist you in achieving this goal.

Here is some safety information related to location of underground services.


  • Contact with underground services such as gas, water, electricity or telecommunications may cause serious injury or death.
  • Excavation work may cause damage to underground services leading to gas leaks, water leaks or electrical faults.
  • Contact with hazardous materials such as asbestos or contaminated soil may cause health problems.
  • Work near traffic may pose a risk of collision or injury.

Risk Controls:

  1. Planning and preparation:
  • Obtain information about the location of underground services by contacting the relevant service providers.
  • Identify the type and depth of underground services in the area.
  • Use a cable locator or ground-penetrating radar to locate the services if necessary.
  • Identify potential hazards in the area such as hazardous materials, uneven ground, or nearby traffic.
  • Establish exclusion zones around the excavation area and place warning signs and barriers.
  1. Excavation:
  • Use hand tools to carefully excavate the area around the underground services.
  • Use a vacuum excavation truck to excavate around the services if necessary.
  • Use safe digging techniques such as the ‘potholing’ method to expose the services.
  • Do not use mechanical excavation equipment unless it has been confirmed that it will not damage the services.
  • Ensure that the excavation is properly shored and supported to prevent collapse.
  1. Identification of services:
  • Once the services have been exposed, visually inspect them to determine their type and condition.
  • Record the location and type of each service.
  • Take photographs or video of the services if necessary.
  • Use appropriate signage to indicate the location of the services.
  1. Restoration:
  • Backfill the excavation carefully to avoid damaging the services.
  • Ensure that any disturbed ground is compacted and levelled.
  • Replace any surface materials such as pavement or landscaping that were removed during the excavation.
  • Remove all waste and debris from the site.

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment such as hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, and high visibility clothing.
  • Wear respiratory protection if there is a risk of exposure to hazardous materials.
  • Use hearing protection if working near loud equipment.

Training and Competency:

  • All workers involved in the excavation and identification of underground services must be trained and competent in the safe work procedures and risk controls.
  • Workers must be trained in the use of excavation equipment and in the identification of underground services.
  • Workers must be competent in the use of personal protective equipment.

Emergency Procedures:

  • Establish an emergency plan before commencing work.
  • Ensure that all workers are aware of the emergency procedures and know how to contact emergency services.
  • Keep first aid equipment on site and ensure that at least one worker is trained in first aid.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hey there, my friends! Today, I want to talk to you about something that might not be the most glamorous topic out there, but it’s essential for anyone who’s looking to do any kind of construction work or landscaping on their property. I’m talking about the dangers and safety recommendations related to the location of underground services.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Gary, this sounds boring! Why should I care about where my pipes and cables are?” But let me tell you, my friends, ignoring these things can lead to some serious trouble. Trust me; I’ve seen it happen too many times.

So, what exactly are we talking about here? Well, when we talk about underground services, we’re talking about things like electrical cables, gas pipes, water mains, and sewer lines. These things are buried underground for a reason – they’re not meant to be disturbed. But if you’re not careful, you could end up damaging them, which can lead to all kinds of problems.

Let’s start by talking about the dangers. The first and most obvious danger is that you could cause an explosion or fire if you accidentally hit a gas line. Gas leaks are incredibly dangerous, and they can cause serious damage to your property or even put your life at risk. The second danger is electrocution. If you hit an electrical cable, you could end up getting a massive shock, which could be fatal.

But even if you manage to avoid these kinds of dangers, you could still end up causing some significant problems. For example, if you damage a water main, you could end up flooding your property or even your entire neighborhood. And if you hit a sewer line, you could end up causing some pretty nasty sewage backups. Trust me, my friends – you do not want to deal with any of these things.

So, what can you do to avoid these dangers and keep yourself and your property safe? Well, the first thing you need to do is to make sure you know where your underground services are located. If you’re planning on doing any kind of construction work or landscaping, you need to know where your pipes and cables are so that you can avoid them.

The best way to do this is to hire a professional to come and mark your underground services for you. These professionals are trained to use specialized equipment to locate your pipes and cables accurately. They can mark them with spray paint or flags, so you know exactly where they are.

Once you know where your underground services are, you need to be extremely careful when you’re doing any kind of digging or excavation work. You should always use hand tools rather than power tools, and you should be very gentle when you’re digging around your marked areas.

It’s also a good idea to have someone else on hand while you’re doing this kind of work. That way, if something does go wrong, there’s someone there to help you out. And if you do accidentally hit a pipe or cable, you need to stop what you’re doing immediately and call a professional to come and assess the situation.

In summary, my friends, ignoring the location of your underground services can lead to some serious problems. You could cause an explosion or fire, electrocute yourself, or end up flooding your property. So, make sure you know where your pipes and cables are located, be careful when you’re doing any kind of digging or excavation work, and always have someone else on hand to help you out.

I know this might not be the most exciting topic out there, but it’s something that you need to take seriously if you’re planning on doing any kind of construction work or landscaping. Trust me, my friends, it’s better to be safe than sorry.


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