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									                                         Safe Work Method Statement

                                                Use of Master Builders Generic Safe Work Method Statements

     Disclaimer:

        The Master Builders Association of Victoria expressly disclaim all and any liability to any person in respect of anything, and of consequence of anything
        done or omitted to be done by any or such person in reliance, whether wholly or partially on this generic safe work method statement.

     Rules for the use of Master Builders generic SWMS

        1. This generic SWMS is provided as a sample. It is not to be used by a builder or subcontractor for the purpose of managing safety on their projects.
           It can be used as a template to enable builders and subcontractors to produce their own SWMS. Master Builders have carbon copy pads available
           for sale to enable builders/subcontractors to produce their own SWMS.

        2. Employers intending to use this SWMS as a template for their own SWMS must ensure they consult with their employees, including their Health
           and Safety Representatives, prior to its introduction.

        3. Builders and subcontractors must ensure that their SWMS is relevant to the project at hand. Generic SWMS should not be used unless precautions
           have been taken to ensure that the document adequately addresses the hazards and risks relevant to each particular project.

        4. Builders and subcontractors intending to use this sample SWMS as a template for their own generic SWMS, without making any changes to the
           detail, must ensure that they adhere to and implement all of the relevant risk controls.

        5. The range of generic SWMS provided by Master Builders are not sufficiently broad enough to cover “all” hazards or risks encountered by builders
           and subcontractors. It does not cover the full list of requirements for which SWMS are specifically required under the OHS Construction
           Regulations. It is important that the builder or subcontractor undertake their own hazard identification and risk control process relevant for each
           particular task.

     It is highly recommended that persons who are responsible for preparing and reviewing SWMS undertake training so as to understand the process of
     identifying and controlling risks in the workplace.




Remember: Each Safe Work Method Statement should be site specific. Include all workers in the development of the Safe Work Method Statement.
             All workers should sign off to verify that they understand all the requirements of this Safe Work Method Statement.
                                                         Safe Work Method Statement
Company Name                                                          Site Name
                                                                                                                                                                      Safe Work Method Statement
                                                                                                                                                                      No ______ Page          of
Contractor                                                            Activity     Transport and erection of structural steel                                         Permit to Work Requirement
                                                                                                                                                                      Yes              No

              Tasks                                      Hazards and Risks                                            Risk control measures                                      Who is responsible?
  List the tasks required to perform                What can harm you - Hazards?               List the control measures required to eliminate or reduce the risk of injury    Write the name of the person
the activity in the sequence they are                What can happen - Risks?                            and detail how the control measures will be put in place.              responsible (supervisor or
              carried out.                                                                                                                                                    above) to implement the control
                                                                                                                                                                                   measures identified.
Planning delivery                       • Delivery sequence out of order                      The sequence of loading to be agreed between the
sequence                                                                                      fabricator and the builder, in consultation with the
                                                                                              erection engineer. If the unloading sequence can lead
                                                                                              to the instability of loads, the steel is to be individually
                                                                                              restrained and the loading configuration checked so that
                                                                                              unloading does not result in the load or the vehicle
                                                                                              becoming unstable. Each member to be clearly marked
                                                                                              (together with its mass where it is over 1.5 tonnes)
                                                                                              before loading.
Load Materials and                      • Manual Handling injuries                            Where possible use fork lift or overhead crane to load.
Transport to Site                                                                             For smaller sections manually loaded, proper manual
                                                                                              handling techniques to be used. Never handle a heavier
                                                                                              load than can comfortably be lifted and carried.

                                        • Loss of load                                        Steel is to be supported and secured, so that there is no
                                                                                              uncontrolled movement of the steel until it is ready to
                                                                                              lift. Sufficient hardwood bearers or equivalent, to be
                                                                                              provided for loading.
General Site Planning                   • Inadequate training                                 Each worker must have site induction, red card, and
                                                                                              High Risk Work Licence as appropriate to role.

                                        • Crew unfamiliar with sequential erection            The erector, in consultation with the builder and erection
                                        procedure                                             engineer to develop a sequential erection procedure
                                                                                              and ensure it is consistent with the marking plans. Each
                                                                                              worker must be briefed on the procedure and their
                                                                                              duties.
 Remember: Each Safe Work Method Statement should be site specific. Include all workers in the development of the Safe Work Method Statement.
              All workers should sign off to verify that they understand all the requirements of this Safe Work Method Statement.
                                       Safe Work Method Statement
                        • Exposure to UV                            All personnel to be supplied with personal
                                                                    protective equipment adequate for providing UV
                                                                    protection.
                                                                        • Shirts with collar (long sleeve or sleeves to
                                                                        • elbow).
                                                                        • Trousers or knee length shorts.
                                                                        • Sunglasses – UV rated.
                                                                        • Hard hats with brim extension.
                                                                        • Sunscreen – minimum 30+.
                        • Exposure to noise                         All employees to wear hearing protection
                        • Wrong plant/equipment selected for task   Ensure a crane of the required type and capacity is at
                                                                    the site. Crane selection, access and siting in
                                                                    accordance with AS2550 Parts 1, 4 and 5. An
                                                                    appropriate EWP to be made available to complete the
                                                                    job.
                        • Mobile crane/EWP                          Operator must:
                        – injury through unsafe use                 – have a current licence (or be a supervised trainee)
                        – overloading / uncontrolled loads          – perform a daily check of crane/EWP, complete a log
                                                                    – check ground for stability
                                                                    – check overhead for electrical lines
                                                                    – wear and attach safety harness if operating a boom lift
                                                                    – use crane only within known wind tolerances
                                                                    – not operate the crane outside its load charts
                                                                    – know the weight of each lift
                                                                        – use tag lines where appropriate (minimum 16
                                                                           mm diameter).
                        • Incorrect or poorly maintained slings     Riggers / doggers must:
                                                                    – be licenced
                                                                    – only sling load with Grade 80 lifting chain
                                                                    – check that lifting chains are inspected and tagged
                                                                       – not stand under the load.

Remember: Each Safe Work Method Statement should be site specific. Include all workers in the development of the Safe Work Method Statement.
             All workers should sign off to verify that they understand all the requirements of this Safe Work Method Statement.
                                              Safe Work Method Statement
Prepare work area              • Other trades working in vicinity being struck   Ensure barricading and signage is available on site, to
                               by plant or falling objects                       be erected around work area.

                               • Collapse of work area                           Builder to ensure the area for unloading is firm and level
                                                                                 and checked for load capacity. Builder to advise of any
                                                                                 areas that have been excavated and backfilled. Mobile
                                                                                 crane and EWP’s to be set up on solid base ground and
                                                                                 all outriggers to be placed on base plates used
                                                                                 specifically for that purpose. All outriggers to be
                                                                                 guarded with parawebbing.

                               • Live electrical lines in working area           Identify all electrical lines in work area above and below
                                                                                 ground. Confirm electrical current is disconnected
                                                                                 before commencing work.
Delivery of structural steel   • Vehicle collisions                              Trained personnel to provide traffic management for the
                                                                                 safe delivery of steel. Barricading and signage is to be
                                                                                 provided around crane working area. Hi-viz clothing to
                                                                                 be worn at all times.

                               • Lack of set-up + storage space                  Ensure there is adequate set-up area. A dedicated and
                                                                                 barricaded storage area should be provided for
                                                                                 unloaded steel.

                               • Load becoming unstable during delivery and      Ensure that securing chains or straps are not removed
                               storage                                           until restraining spikes in place, the steel has not shifted
                                                                                 into a dangerous position and the vehicle is positioned
                                                                                 as directed by the erector and stabilised before the steel
                                                                                 restraints are released. Ensure steel is stored in a way
                                                                                 that will prevent rollover/collapse. If in doubt, ensure
                                                                                 load is securely chained in place.

                               • Manual handling injuries                        Where possible use fork lift or crane to unload. All lifting
                                                                                 gear testing (12 months) up to date. Licenced dogmen
                                                                                 used when required. Licenced operators for crane or
                                                                                 fork lift. For smaller sections manually unloaded, proper
                                                                                 manual handling techniques to be used.

 Remember: Each Safe Work Method Statement should be site specific. Include all workers in the development of the Safe Work Method Statement.
              All workers should sign off to verify that they understand all the requirements of this Safe Work Method Statement.
                                                 Safe Work Method Statement
                                                                               Never handle a heavier load than can comfortably be
                                                                               lifted and carried. Ensure back is straight when lifting.
                                                                               Lift with knees not the back. Ensure the path to be used
                                                                               is clear of obstacles prior to lifting.
Ensure structural integrity    • Slab collapse                                 No boom or scissor lift to be used until slab has been
of work area                                                                   underpinned and certified by Structural Engineer for
                                                                               use.
Marking out & drilling         • Fall from heights above 2m                    Where possible, work from ground level. EWP used to
holes                                                                          access work areas above 2m. EWP operators to hold
                                                                               appropriate licence for operation. Ensure daily pre-start
                                                                               checklist is filled out. Safety harnesses to be worn when
                                                                               operating EWP. Work area below to be barricaded off
                                                                               and signs posted “men working above”.

                               • Electrocution                                 All electrical equipment to have current test tags. Keep
                                                                               leads elevated or adequately protected and away from
                                                                               sharp edges and water hazards. Check that power
                                                                               supply is RCD protected and undamaged.

                               • Injury to eyes, ears                          Hearing protection, eye protection and riggers gloves to
                               • Cuts and lacerations                          be worn.
Erection of structural steel   • Weather conditions                            Erection crew to check weather forecast and monitor
                                                                               conditions on a continual basis.

                               • Falls from height while rigging               Construct as much of the steelwork as possible (such
                                                                               as modules or frames) at ground level, or from erected
                                                                               floor slabs or decks in the structure (otherwise use
                                                                               EWP).
                                                                               Where reasonably practicable, releasing the lifting sling
                                                                               or device from ground level by the use of long slings,
                                                                               remote release shackles or other suitable devices.

                               • Mobile crane/EWP injury. Struck by loads or   EWP operators and crane driver to hold appropriate
                               plant                                           licence for operation. All plant and equipment to be
                                                                               inspected on a daily basis before work commences.
                                                                               Identify any safety hazards & replace/repair before
 Remember: Each Safe Work Method Statement should be site specific. Include all workers in the development of the Safe Work Method Statement.
              All workers should sign off to verify that they understand all the requirements of this Safe Work Method Statement.
                                       Safe Work Method Statement
                                                                   commencing work. Constant communication between
                                                                   riggers and crane operator – 2 way radios used where
                                                                   crane driver is not in clear view of materials & workers.

                        • Fall from heights                        No Go Zone established around crane working area
                                                                   and steel placement area. Prevent, where practicable,
                                                                   loads being lifted or transported over people or
                                                                   amenities. Do not stand under load. All tools to be
                                                                   secured from falling by lanyards. Hard hats and riggers
                                                                   gloves must be worn.

                        • Lifting gear failure                     All lifting gear to have current testing tags
                        • Injury from releasing load too soon      Ensure only rigger/dogman slings loads and, where
                                                                   appropriate, fix tag lines. Licenced riggers/dogmen are
                                                                   the only people permitted to release the load.

                        • Building collapse                        Ensure that an experienced steel erection supervisor is
                                                                   present at all times to oversee the implementation of the
                                                                   sequential erection procedure. Load only to be released
                                                                   when adequately fixed and supported.

                                                                   Always start erection with a braced bay. Columns to be
                                                                   craned in to position and braced off as soon as possible
                                                                   after standing by qualified riggers. Seek approval from
                                                                   the builder (or erection engineer where appropriate) to
                                                                   cease work at unscheduled points where the structure
                                                                   has not been completed to the specifications of the
                                                                   erection engineer’s design. Start the erection of a
                                                                   member or sub-assembly only when equipment to
                                                                   ensure the structure’s stability is available and being
                                                                   used. Ensure temporary guys or bracing are securely
                                                                   anchored. Check the fittings for the support of columns
                                                                   during erection, to ensure adequate structural capacity
                                                                   for the erection conditions.



Remember: Each Safe Work Method Statement should be site specific. Include all workers in the development of the Safe Work Method Statement.
             All workers should sign off to verify that they understand all the requirements of this Safe Work Method Statement.
                                                Safe Work Method Statement
                                                                           Make sure that all beams are secured before releasing
                                                                           the slings. Steel members to be inspected daily for
                                                                           stability and results documented.
Installation of purlins and   • Fall from heights                          Boom / scissor operator to hold appropriate certificate
struts                                                                     for operation and rigging ticket. Wear and attach safety
                                                                           harness if operating a boom. All tools to be secured
                                                                           from falling by lanyards.

                              • Struck by moving plant/falling materials   Work area below to be established as a No Go Zone.
                                                                           Barricades and signs to be posted. All tools to be
                                                                           secured from falling by lanyards. Hard hats and riggers
                                                                           gloves must be worn.

                              • Electrocution                              All electrical equipment to have current test tags.

                              • Welding injuries-burns                     Ensure welding gear is in safe condition:
                                                                               • Cylinders chained to trolley
                                                                               • Regulators, valves and hoses in sound condition
                                                                               • Flashback arrestor fitted at regulator end for
                                                                                   hoses <3m or at both ends for hoses >3m
                                                                               • A fire extinguisher is available with the gear.
                                                                           Check that any off cuts or hot metal falls in a safe
                                                                           area. Use correct P.P.E. including eye and hearing
                                                                           protection. Correct clothing (no polyester) and foot
                                                                           wear. Keep area clear of any flammable materials.

                                                                           Check that the erection engineer has approved
                              • Loading incomplete bays with panels with   placement load. Check that the placement load is within
                              panels and roofing                           constraints. Check that columns have been grouted
                                                                           prior to loading.




 Remember: Each Safe Work Method Statement should be site specific. Include all workers in the development of the Safe Work Method Statement.
              All workers should sign off to verify that they understand all the requirements of this Safe Work Method Statement.
                                                          Safe Work Method Statement
 End of shift – Clean work            • Unstable structure                                Erection crew to inspect structure to ensure it is braced
 area                                                                                     and safe to ensure it meets the erection engineer’s
                                                                                          specifications. Check that bolts are in place and
                                                                                          tensioned to specific torques. Inspections to occur:
                                                                                             1. at the end of each work day
                                                                                             2. when fastenings may be incomplete
                                                                                             3. during strong winds, or when strong winds are
                                                                                                  forecast

                                      • Unsecured work area                               All mobile plant to be secured and keys removed to
                                                                                          prevent any unauthorised access. Inspect site and
                                                                                          clean up work area. All waste to be removed from site
                                                                                          daily.




I have read and understood the content of this Safe Work Method Statement   Approved By                                                               Date
 Worker’s name                        Signature                                           Worker’s name                                               Signature




  Remember: Each Safe Work Method Statement should be site specific. Include all workers in the development of the Safe Work Method Statement.
               All workers should sign off to verify that they understand all the requirements of this Safe Work Method Statement.

								
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