Sydney is a diverse city to live in. Countless new apartments and units are popping up alongside older free-standing houses in the city. With the growing population and need to build new homes, excavation and demolition have become increasingly popular.  

Demolishing an old house and excavating soil may seem like a quick and easy job, but as a matter of fact, there is no such thing as an easy job especially when it involves big trucks and bulldozers. If the man who supervises the demolition or excavation job lacks documents and operates illegally, life or an injured worker can be an exchange for the reckless act of not following the proper procedure and requirements of demolition and excavation. 

Furthermore, risks associated with excavation and demolition are very dangerous. In excavation, a worker may fall into the trench, dislodge by the earth or rock or have exposure to airborne contaminants. While in demolition, lead-based paint, sharp or protruding objects and asbestos-containing material are a common hazard that may harm the contractors.

In considering the hazards and its consequences, it is very important to abide by the law and policies in one’s locality to avoid unwanted accidents on the sites. Moreover, here are the laws that are related to demolition and excavation jobs in Sydney.

Work Health And Safety Act 2011

The main goal of the Work Health And Safety Act 2011 is to provide for a fair and nationally consistent system to safeguard the health and safety of workers and workplaces around New South Wales. The risks arising from work will be eliminated or minimised through protecting workers and other people involved against harm to their health, safety and welfare.

The act also provides efficient and effective workplace representation, consultation, co-operation and work-related health and safety issues resolution. It encourages NSW unions and employer organisations to play a positive role in fostering improvements in workplace health and safety practices. Through this act, individuals running businesses can have a guide on how to create a healthy and safer working atmosphere for the workers. 

Moreover, the act will sustain and reinforce the national harmonisation of work health and safety legislation to promote a consistent national approach towards the safety of the workers. In this jurisdiction, the framework for quality improvement and higher standards of work health and safety will continuously improve and be observed. 

Work Health And Safety Regulation 2017

In World Health and Safety Regulation 2017, this is the document which emphasises all of the demolition and excavation important legal requirements in Sydney. This determines what construction work is, the qualifications of contractors and the legal guidelines that any construction project should follow and meet.

One of the most important things specified in the document is the need to have a safe workplace. Companies offering excavation and demolition in Sydney are required to have updated equipment starting from the complete personal protective equipment for workers to the demolition and excavation large machines that establish a safe workplace for everyone in the site.

Codes of Practice 

Code of Practice is defined as a document prepared for the purpose of giving practical guidance on appropriate ways to comply with statutory duties and regulatory requirements. It will be followed until another solution is found that produces the same or better result.

Code of Practice: Demolition Work

This Code of Practice for managing health and safety risks relating to demolition work is an approved work code under section 274 of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act. An approved code of practice is a functional guide to meeting the standards of health, safety and welfare required for demolition work under the WHS Act and the WHS Regulations 2017 in the demolition section.

All individuals involved in any forms of work related to demolition will use this code of practice including designers, suppliers, manufacturers, employers, contractors, managers, self-employed persons, persons in control of workplaces, supervisors, employees and safety and health representatives to assist the compliance of Work Health And Safety act and regulations. Under the code of practice for demolition work are:

  • Definition of demolition work, its health and safety duties concerning demolition work and the requirements to manage risks associated with demolition work
  • The risk management process of different hazards in the demolition sites
  • The planning of the demolition site from notification of authorities, principal contractors, the Safe Work Method Statements to the demolition licensing
  • The application of controlling the risk in demolition work and site
  • Guidelines for demolishing the special structures

Code of Practice: Excavation Work

The excavation code of practice is made to provide practical guidelines on how to handle the health and safety risks relating to excavation work for persons carrying out a business or undertaking. This code applies as well to all forms of excavation work, including bulk excavations more than 1.5 metres deep, trenches, shafts and tunnels.

With approval to the WHS Regulations 2017 in the excavation work section, Code of Practice can be legally carried out in the jurisdiction. The guidelines for excavation work covers: 

  • Excavation work’s definition, health and safety duties, associated management of risks and the qualification and roles of the people involved in the excavation work
  • Identifying and assessment of hazards 
  • Planning the excavation work that includes principal contractor, Safe Work Method Statements, emergency plan and securing a safe excavation area
  • Controlling risks in excavation work 
  • The different excavation methods and their guidelines
  • The different approach to the prevention of ground collapse and possible accidents


Excavation and demolition jobs are risky jobs. That is why codes and acts mentioned above, are essential to controlling risk, protecting the environment and the people. By knowing, complying the requirements and by abiding by the law related to excavation and demolition in NSW, it will assure the safety of your life and the working area. The laws listed above will also guide you and the contractors of the jobs to have quick legal processing.  

At Paul’s Rubbish Removal, our expert teams are assured to be legally qualified to handle small demolition and excavation jobs. Taking the laws of Sydney into account, a safe process will be observed. We will ensure that the excavation and demolition works will be handled expertly without taking any risks. For more information about excavation and small demolition services, call us at 0407 125 125.

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