About this seminar

Practicing safe work methods is essential when working in a high-risk industry like construction. This video highlights the need for exclusion zones to ensure the safety of everyone working on-site.

Exclusion zones are not always identical in appearance – they can be a nightline reflective flag, solid fencing or a barrier. However, in each instance they have a highly functional purpose. This includes, but is not limited to, allowing a high-risk activity to proceed, or to act as a barrier around a trench of 1.5 metres or deeper.

Josh also shares his commitment to working safely in order to maintain his happy life at home.

Who is this seminar for?

This video is for all workers, contractors, supervisors and business owners working in the construction industry. It may also be useful for visitors to a construction site.

About the presenters

Josh works as a civil plant operator in the construction industry.

Additional resources


Work Safe: Exclusion Zones

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Civil Plant Operator

G’day. I’m Josh. I’m a civil plant operator, and I’ve been working in the industry for about five years.

When I’m not building roads like this I like to spend time with my daughter, and that’s why I need to go home safe.

When you move around a construction site, you need to be aware of exclusion zones. It could be a night line like this, solid fencing or even a barrier.

Exclusion zones are absolutely essential to everybody’s safety. They can be created as part of a Safe Work Method Statement, or SWMS, to allow a high risk activity to proceed, for example the operation of mobile plant.

Exclusion zones can be part of your Site Traffic Management Plan.

Exclusion zones are also needed around trenches of 1.5 metres or more.

Male worker:

It’s going to park down the back. There will be an exclusion zone around the…


Listen up at your start ups and tool box talks so you know where the exclusion zones are on your site.

Never interfere with signage or barriers. You could put another worker’s life at risk. If you need to gain access into an exclusion zone, find the site safety manager first before entering.

You know what it’s like. Sometimes you get a member of the public come into an exclusion zone like this. Stop them and safely escort them off the site.

If you see anything unsafe about an exclusion zone, stop work. Tell your safety manager and get it fixed.

When you’re working around exclusion zones, think safe, work safe, go home safe.

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[Closing visual of slide with text saying ‘This video funded by Safe Work Australia, ACT Government, Access Canberra and endorsed by ACT Government, Training Fund Authority, Unions ACT, HIA, Construction Industry Training Council, Master Builders Australian Capital Territory’]

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