Site Work Method Statement – laying drainage, digging ditches for pipework

Site Work Method Statement – Laying Drainage

HS.MS.29
This Method Statement is for the laying of drainage and the digging of the ditches needed to bury the pipeworks. This worked example method statement has assumed that a machine will be used to pull the trenches and details what precautions you would need in that instance. If you were to do it by hand the hazards and precautions (control measures) would be different. It is important to always ensure the stability of the trench walls and not allow anyone to work in an unsupported trench or pit.

Writing a Method Statement is an important part of managing risks around the work site.  Even if you are working on a small domestic project you should write a Method Statementif only to use it as a ‘tick box’ exercise to make sure you have thought about the safety issues involved.

You may find it useful to use this worked example method statement in conjunction with the blank method statement template in this folder and the guidance notes on how to write a method statement. This method statement has been professionally written for a specific task and a specific location and should be used as a guide only. Method statements must be site specific and each site will have its own particular issues that need consideration.

Writing a Method Statement can be an important part of managing risks around the building site. Using a systematic method of looking at your work activities by first completing a suitable Risk Assessment and then creating a safe system of work on the Method Statement form you will go a long way to ensuring the safety of your employees on site. If you are a sub-contractor you may be asked to provide your method statements before starting work. These forms, when properly filled in, will show your prospective clients that you are serious about managing health and safety on site.
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