What it contains

Trench shields and road plates are designed to protect construction workers but they still face significant occupational health and safety (OHS) risks. This document advises employers of their OHS duties to prevent workers from being injured. It explains:

  • the OHS duties of employers
  • how to prepare safe work method statements for high risk construction work
  • how to choose and put together trench shields and road plates
  • how to safely handle trench shields and road plates
  • how to protect workers from falls
  • what emergency procedures to consider
  • how to instruct, train or supervise workers