Method Statement for Installing Underground Tanks

This example method statement is for the installation of sewerage package plant tanks, however its adaptable for the installation of any pre-cast or manufactured underground tanks.

Location: Add

Timescale: Add

Welfare and First Aid:

Facilities available on some sites, First Aid and hand wash available in company vehicles.

Reducing Risk:

•             Banksman Present during works

•             Area scanned for existing services, along with utility company records. This includes above  ground services.

•             No un-authorized persons allowed on site during excavations and installation.

•             Area Inspected before works commence daily, and at suitable intervals during the day.

•             Excavations fenced off and end of the day if works are incomplete.

•             Excavated material to be kept a minimum of 1.5m away from excavation.

•             Warning signs

•             PPE to be worn at all times.

•             Only Competent and trained persons to connect pipe work and electrical supply.

Related Assessments:


Buried & Overhead Services


Works will be supervised by competent person appointed by Management.


All Staff are trained and experienced in this type of work.



Plant / Equipment:

6 Ton Excavator

(larger sizes for larger tanks)

Equipped Vans

Hand Tools

Work Method:

1.            The installation area will be inspected along with any design drawings.

2.            The existing or new pipework leading to the unit will be checked for line and level.

3.            The works area will be scanned for underground services, and local utility company records checked for location of services that are unable to be scanned, IE plastic pipes.

4.            Overhead lines will be checked and suitable measures taken should overhead lines be within the excavation/installation area, for example goalposts and warning signs.

5.            The normal company procedure is to complete the excavation/backfilling works in a single shift, Therefore the sequence for a dry fill site is as follows:-

•             The excavation position will be set out, and the ground scanned prior to the excavation being started, the excavator will commence excavation works under the supervision of a trained and competent person.

•             Levels will be taken at regular intervals until the correct excavation depth is attained.

•             Should the particular specification require it, a base of pea gravel for example will be poured to the correct height. These methods require No access by staff into the excavations at any time.

•             The designated unit will then be hoisted into the excavation using proprietary straps the average weight of the tanks is 200kg (large tanks will be hoisted using a crane)

•             The unit will be aligned and levelled to the required tolerances.

•             Backfilling will commence to the correct levels.

6.            The procedure for wet ground concrete backfill is to pour a base for the unit, and to fill the

unit with water at the same rate as the concrete fill to the exterior. Care and attention will

required to ensure the unit does not float.

7.            Once the backfilling is complete the connections will be made and tested. Any electrical connections will be made by competent licensed electrician.

8.            The commissioning phase will commence, and all required testing to full operation according to client and manufactures requirements will be carried out.


A mobile phone will be available at all times to summon emergency services, the site supervision staff will be advised of the nearest hospital.

This method statement will be the subject of a toolbox talk given to all personnel involved with the work activity.


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