Trenching controls

Use trenching controls to safeguard your employees and yourself.


Plan, prepare, prevent and protect

Excavated trenches pose a serious risk to the health and safety of all your workers. So if you're in charge of a worksite, always plan ahead before any excavation work commences. Don't let an ordinary day end in disaster. Plan, prepare, prevent and protect. Make sure you understand the risks and use the controls.

Your guide to trenching risk controls

Safe trenching practice

Safe work method statements (SWMS)

SWMS are an important part of preparing for any high risk construction work (HRCW), including trenching.

Hear from our inspector, Brian Chamberlain on why these documents are so vital.

More information on developing a SWMS

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