Excavation and demolition sites are a busy place. The work there can be dangerous, and precautions must be taken when taking down a building and excavating a trench, tunnel or shaft. Many contractors work side-by-side and heavy vehicles come and go. With this environment, completing requirements is a priority to ensure the health and safety of everyone on site. 

Before excavation work or demolition is carried out, a number of steps need to be completed to ensure the job is safe and without risk. One of those is the written system requirements that control certain types of work and work areas that are potentially hazardous. 

The Work Health and Safety Regulation NSW establishes the specific requirements when conducting excavation or demolition work. The requirement details the risk controls to be adopted in accordance with the NSW legislation.

Excavation Operation Requirements 

Excavation failures are extremely harmful since they can occur quickly. It limits the workers’ chance to escape, especially when the collapse is severe. Instances of accidents happen when requirements are not met before the operation. This is why strict regulations on excavation work are enforced in order to ensure a safe operation for contractors. Here are the highlighted conditions that must be observed according to Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017.

Underground Services Information

The first step to attaining safe excavation work is to get information on the location and depth of underground cables, pipes and other essential services before the operation begins. The information must be made available to those working on the project and must be readily available for inspection. This has to be kept until the job is complete, or after notifying the authorities for at least two years.

Excavation Requirements for Managing Risks

An individual undertaking a business must comply with Work Health and Safety Regulation to manage the health and safety risks involved in excavation work. The risks associated with construction work must be handled by taking into account the risks such as excavators falling into a trench, being trapped by a fallen soil, being hit by falling objects, or being exposed to airborne pollutants.

Emergency Plan Preparation

Your emergency plan must take into account unforeseen events such as floods, gas explosions, and the worker’s immediate rescue plan from an excavated trench. An individual responsible for the job or business must make sure that a workplace emergency plan is prepared and organised.

The proposal should be implemented as part of the emergency proposal to ensure a structured response. Usually, principal contractors are the one who prepares the emergency plan for a larger construction project.

Safe Work Method Statements in Excavating Trench

When you excavate a trench greater than 1.5 meters deep or use a mobile plant in or around an excavation, expect to usually prepare a secure safe work method statement to avoid unauthorised access (including accidental entry).

You will have to make sure that shoring, benching or battering serves both sides of the trench. You can also get professional advice from a geotechnical engineer to ensure that all sides of tench are safe. You can also check the code of practice for excavation work for general information about planning excavation work, controlling risks, using different excavation methods and preventing ground collapse.

Demolition Operation Requirements

There are strict guidelines and requirements that need to be followed when it comes to demolition works in Sydney. The government has enforced a stringent set of regulations that should adhere to any demolition work. 

Whether it is residential or commercial, no matter how big or small the scale of the job may be, they will follow all the requirements before the operation of demolition. This involves notifying the authorities concerned and applying for the permits required. 

Both Sydney property owners and demolition contractors should be mindful of the current legal mechanisms. It is to ensure that every job is done successfully and without any potential legal problems.

Requirement on Notifying for Demolition Work

One of the essential things that must be done is to notify the authorities concerning demolition work to be done. Usually, the demolition companies in Sydney are responsible for reaching out to the local council.

Furthermore, notices should be sent when the demolition involves explosives and load shifting equipment. This is also needed if the structure is load-bearing. At least five days before work begins, the notice to the authorities are sent. It can be either sent via email or through your local council’s website, which is a convenient option.

Safe Work Method Statement Requirement

Another duty of the Sydney demolition companies is to complete the Safe Work Method Statement requirement. This will serve as the blueprint in finishing the work. It includes determining the particular measures to be taken in demolishing a property.

The SWMS will identify the risks involved with the demolition job. Importantly, the requirement includes the steps that the contractor would implement in alleviating the identified hazards. It must be comprehensively detailed as possible to follow the measures that are stated in national and local legislation.

Work Health and Safety Regulation Documentation

This is the document specifying all the important legal conditions that should be emphasised in demolition. It determines what excavation work, the legal requirements to be followed in any building project and the demolition process.

The need to have a safe workplace is one of the most important things listed in the document. Demolition companies in Sydney are mandated by law to ensure they are fitted with state-of-the-art equipment that establishes a safe workplace.

Appropriate warning signs should also be present, and a competent supervisor should be present at the site. He will be the one to take full responsibility for managing the demolition project. The supervisor will ensure that everyone is wearing personal protective equipment to have a safer working environment.

Required Licenses 

There are two types of licenses. The right license to acquire before demolition begins will depend on the nature of the demolition work to be carried out. The first is the restricted demolition license that is required for small-scale jobs. The second one is a complete demolition license that is meant to be used for larger demolition jobs and if the usage of explosives is present in taking down a property.


Excavation and demolition are high-risk activities. If operated without compliance with the legislation’s requirements, it can result in severe injuries and even death. Therefore, it is essential to follow the safety rules and regulations before starting any excavation and demolition work. 

At Paul’s Rubbish Removal, you will no longer worry about the requirements. Our expert team will take care of the demolition and excavation job without taking any risks. We will ensure that there will be no harm done before, during and after the work is done. For more information about our excavation and small demolition services, please call us at 0407 125 125 or send us an email here.

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