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Excavation work: Code of practice

Effective in Tasmania on and from 26 Feb 2020

The code of practice for Excavation work:

  • provides practical guidance on how to manage health and safety risks associated with excavation work; and how to achieve the standards required under the work health and safety laws
  • applies to all workplaces where excavation work is carried out and anyone involved in these activities
  • explains planning the excavation work, including safe work method statements, securing the work area, and emergency plans
  • explains controlling risks in excavation work, including excavated materials, equipment, falls, explosives and manual work
  • covers excavation methods of trenching, tunnelling and shafts
  • covers preventing ground collapse, including benching and battering, shoring, shields and boxes.
Updated: 23rd August 2023