Excavation Management Plan Template


An Excavation Management Plan is a WHS document that an earthmover prepares prior to commencing earth works on site.


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Scroll down to the “Product Description” below for document inclusions.

Product Description

Excavation Management Plan Inclusions:

  • Risk Assessment
  • SWMS Excavation Safe Work Method Statement
  • Excavation checklist pre commencement
  • Excavation checklist regular inspections
  • Scope of this plan
  • Management of risks to health and safety associated with excavation work
  • Excavation work—underground essential services information
  • Definitions
  • Excavation & trenching policy
  • References to legislation, codes of practice and other information sources
  • Responsibilities
  • Management responsibilities
  • Workers responsibilities
  • Site characteristics
  • Site location
  • Site description
  • Proposed works
  • Staging
  • Shoring and adequacy of adjoining property
  • Bulk earthworks
  • Detail excavations
  • Noise
  • Vibration
  • Airborne dust control
  • Stormwater and sediment control
  • Removal of excavated materials
  • Heavy vehicle movements
  • Impact on local traffic routes
  • WHS excavation procedures
  • Excavation work
  • Identifying hazards
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk controls
  • Location of underground services
  • Overhead power lines
  • Preventing ground collapse
  • Inspections of excavations
  • Supervision
  • Barricades and signs
  • Exclusion zones
  • Covers
  • Manual work
  • Powered mobile plant
  • Access and egress
  • Managing risks of falls
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Emergency response and rescue
  • Environmental services
  • Managing overland water flow and ground water
  • Controlling sediment run off
  • Contaminated atmosphere
  • Controlling dust
  • Reviewing risk controls
  • Incident notification
  • Lasers
  • Using explosives
  • Training
  • Record management
  • Safe work method statements (SWMS)
  • Plan review and update

The Excavation Management Plan provides guidance on the management of health and safety risks associated with excavation work that applies to all types of excavation work including bulk excavations more than 1.5m deep, trenches, shafts, tunnels and the like.

The Excavation Management Plan includes a hazard assessment, safe work method statement, excavation checklists, project requirements, safety procedures for workers to follow ensuring risks associated with excavation work are eliminated or reduced as far as practicable, and injuries to workers (including contractors and workers of contractors), and visitors are minimised.

  • Work Health and Safety Act
  • Work Health and Safety Regulations
  • Applicable Codes of Practice

You can download each applicable Legislation, Codes of Practice and References by clicking on this link.

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Excavation Management Plan Template