Boom Lift Safe Work Method Statement

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Boom Lift Safe Work Method Statement

Boom Lift Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)

Whether you need to get on site to start work, looking to create a safe work environment or pitching for that next government tender - the Boom Lift Safe Work Method Statement is easy to customise, easy to use and easy to integrate into your current Safety Management System. If you don't have a Safety Management System, we need to talk, seriously, you don't need to be carrying that level of risk exposure in your business - we can help.

Look, we understand that business should be rewarding and not consumed by tedious red tape. The Safe Work Method Statement Template we create is in an easy to understand format, while at the same time being some of the highest quality documents in the industry. Our SWMS documents get you onsite, save you loads of time and are very user-friendly. This way, you can get on with doing what you do best.

The Boom Lift Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) covers the following Job Steps, including potential hazards, control measures and risk ratings:

  1. Planning and preparation
  2. Training and capabilities
  3. Assess onsite conditions
  4. Set up work area
  5. Temporary Traffic Control (TMP)
  6. Delivery of materials and equipment
  7. Pre-start checks
  8. Safety harnesses and fall arrest devices
  9. Travel
  10. Security of worksite
  11. Electrical hazards
  12. Working at heights
  13. Maintenance of electric boom lifts
  14. On completion

The Boom Lift Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


Risk Assessment Matrix | Hierarchy of Controls | PPE | Emergency Response

Your Boom Lift Safe Work Method Statement is ready to be used in three easy steps:

  1. Just add your company logo and details to the SWMS Template.
  2. Identify site specific risks.
  3. Address any site specific risks and add them to your SWMS Template.

Now that your Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is ready for use, you can also make the SWMS document available as a training resource for activities such as WHS-OHS Toolbox Meeting Talks or Workplace Inductions.

Bluesafe Quick Tips:

  1. Keep the Base and Circumference Clear and don't Exceed the Load Capacity.
  2. Wear Correct PPE and wear a harness, where applicable.
  3. Ensure Operators Are Trained.

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View a Safe Work Method Statement Example

See an example of a Safe Work Method Statement Template below. All our SWMS Template documents are comprehensive in nature, easy to use, and are a huge time saver. Our Safe Work Method Statement Templates are quick and easy to customise to your specific business or operation and are perfectly suited for every day use, for larger contracts and tenders right through to qualifying for contractor management platforms such as CM3.

What is a Safe Work Method Statement?

A SWMS is a document that outlines the high-risk construction work activities that will be performed at a workplace, the hazards that will be present as a result of these activities, and the controls that will be implemented to mitigate the risks.

A single SWMS can be utilised for numerous high-risk construction work activities, such as employing powered mobile plant, working at heights of more than 2 metres, and working near to a road that is used by traffic other than pedestrians.

A SWMS is an administrative control that is used to support higher-order controls, such as engineering controls, that are designed to remove or reduce hazards to health and safety.

A SWMS differs from other documentation such as a Job Safety Analysis or a Safe Operating Procedure in that it focuses on specific jobs or processes. A SWMS isn't meant to be a procedure; rather, it's a tool for supervisors and workers to check and monitor the workplace control measures. For high-risk work activities, a PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking)  must prepare a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) or check that one has been prepared before starting work. It is important to note that before any work process has started, a SWMS must be prepared.

A PCBU, on the other hand, also must manage health and safety hazards by eliminating or reducing them as much as possible. Before beginning any work on a project, the principal contractor must also obtain a copy of the SWMS.

What information does a Safe Work Method Statement need to contain?

A Safe Work Method Statement should identify high-risk work and any specify hazards related to high-risk construction work as well as any health and safety risks. The SWMS should describe the risk-control measures to be implemented, monitored, and reviewed and also should describe how the risk-control measures will be effective at reducing or eliminating the risk, and how they will be implemented, monitored, and reviewed.

A Safe Work Method Statement should be concise and focus on outlining the specific risks identified for the high-risk work to be performed, as well as the control measures to be implemented to ensure that the work is completed safely.

A long and overly complex Safe Work Method Statement which could be difficult to comprehend, implement and monitor or review may be confusing for workers to mentally digest and therefore is not ideal in helping to reduce or eliminate risks in the workplace. It is imperative that workers, and especially those who do not speak English, are able to understand the Safe Work Method Statement. Consider having pictures or diagrams added to the SWMS as a more effective way of presenting information contained within the SWMS.

The SWMS should also contain other regulatory requirements to protect health and safety of all personnel, such as controlling noise exposure and manual job risks. Also, keep in mind that evidence of a completed risk assessment may be required by the regulator or for auditing reasons if the Safe Work Method Statement is based on a workplace-specific risk assessment.

Who's Responsible for creating the Safe Work Method Statement?

In collaboration with workers who will be directly engaged in the activity, the person responsible for carrying out the work is usually best equipped to prepare the SWMS document. In most cases, this means that a Safe Work Method Statement is created by the builder for his or her employees, or by the subcontractor for their employees.

To establish who is in the best position to prepare the Safe Work Method Statement, the principle contractor, builder, and/or subcontractors should decide who will take responsibility for the SWMS.

It's also a requirement that all managers, contractors, supervisors, and workers be involved in the creation of a Safe Work Method Statement. Workers must be consulted so that they understand the SWMS in depth and what they must do to establish and maintain risks and implement control measures to manage the risk. Sharing information and utilising workers' knowledge and experience may also aid in ensuring that the task is completed in accordance with the SWMS.

If your workplace has a Health and Safety Representative, they should also be contacted while creating a Safe Work Method Statement.

What does the principal contractor's responsibility entail?

Before beginning work, a principal contractor must take all reasonable steps to obtain a SWMS from any contractor performing high-risk work. If no SWMS exists, the principal contractor must arrange for one to be created, for example by the contractor or subcontractor.

A general contractor should establish plans to ensure that high-risk work is carried out safely and in compliance with the Safe Work Method Statement. This can be done by keeping an eye on how the SWMS is being implemented on the ground.

The principal contractors' WHS management plan must also include detailed arrangements for collecting, assessing, monitoring, and reviewing the SWMS, according to the WHS Regulations.

How to Write a Safe Work Method Statement

If you're looking to write your own Boom Lift Safe Work Method Statement, the first step is to create the document as a Safe Work Method Statement Template. This way, you can use the same SWMS Template and then adjust the document for each different glazing project as needed, making sure that your Boom Lift SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Boom Lift SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own boom lift SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Boom Lift SWMS such as:

  • Details of the person(s) responsible for making sure implementation, monitoring and compliance of the Boom Lift SWMS as well as any reviews and modifications. 
  • Any information detailing safety meetings or toolbox talks in relation to boom lift work, scheduled in accordance with legislative requirements to first identify any site hazards where the boom lift work is being conducted, secondly, communicate the risks and hazards and then take steps to eliminate or control each hazard in relation to the boom lift work being done.
  • Any changes added to the Boom Lift SWMS after an incident ora near miss. 

Note: The Boom Lift SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the boom lift work is completed. Where the Boom LiftSWMS is revised, all versions of the SWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the Boom Lift Safe Work MethodStatement, the Boom Lift SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident. 

Your Boom Lift Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

  • Does the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS involve a risk of a person falling more than 2 meters?
  • Is the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS carried out on or near pressurised gas mains or piping?
  • Is the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS carried out on a telecommunication tower?
  • Is the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS carried out on or near chemical, fuel or refrigerant lines?
  • Does the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS involve demolition of an element of a structure that is load-bearing?
  • Is the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS carried out on or near energised electrical installations or services?
  • Does the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS involve demolition of an element related to the physical integrity of a structure?
  • Is the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS carried out in an area that may have a contaminated or flammable atmosphere?
  • Does the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS involve, or is likely to involve, disturbing asbestos?
  • Does the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS involve tilt-up or precast concrete?
  • Does the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS involve structural alteration or repair that requires temporary support to prevent collapse?
  • Is the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS carried out on, in or adjacent to a road, railway, shipping lane or other traffic corridor?
  • Is the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS carried out in or near a confined space?
  • Is the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS carried out in an area of a workplace where there is any movement of powered mobile plant?
  • Is the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS carried out in/near a shaft or trench deeper than 1.5m or tunnel involving use of explosives?
  • Is the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS carried out in areas with artificial extremes of temperature?
  • Is the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS carried out in or near water or other liquid that involves a risk of drowning?
  • Does the boom lift work outlined in the Boom Lift SWMS involve diving work? 

Your Boom Lift Safe Work Method Statement should also identify any high-risk machinery or equipment in operation near the work site, such as: 

  • Forklift
  • Crane
  • Hoist
  • Boom Lift
  • Backhoe
  • Loader
  • Boom Lift
  • Elevated Work Platform (EWP)
  • Genie Lift
  • Trencher
  • Drilling Rig
  • Trucks
  • Formwork
  • Bobcat
  • Flammable Gas
  • Fuel
  • Dozer
  • High Voltage
  • Mulcher
  • Tilt-up Panels
  • Roller
  • Scissor Lift
  • Tractor 

Your Boom Lift SWMS should also list any Personal Protective Equipment such as:

  • Foot Protection - Boots or closed in shoes
  • Hand Protectiglazinon - Gloves
  • Head Protection - Hard hat or helmet
  • Hearing Protection - Ear plugs or ear muffs
  • Eye Protection - Safety glasses, goggles or face shields
  • Respiratory Protection - Face masks etc
  • Face Protection - Face shield, welding mask etc
  • High Visual Clothing
  • Protective Clothing - Overalls etc
  • Fall Protection - Safety harness, edge protection etc
  • Sun Protection - Sunscreen, hat etc
  • Hair and Jewellery Secured - Hair Net, etc 

The Boom Lift SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Boom Lift SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to boom lift work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Boom Lift and their health and safety representatives who represented that workgroup at the workplace. 

When the Boom Lift SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the boom lift work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Boom Lift SWMS;
  2. Persons who will need to change a work procedure or system as a result of the review are advised of the changes in a way that will enable them to implement their duties consistently with the revised Boom Lift SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the boom lift work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Boom Lift SWMS.

When preparing your Boom Lift SWMS, here are some topics you might want to also include to ensure you have covered as many risks and hazards as possible.  

Planning and Preparation When Working With and Around Boom Lift.

When writing your Boom Lift SWMS, establish any policies, procedures and systems for working with Boom Lifts in consultation with the Principal Contractor and workers while being sure to establish:

  • Health and Safety guidelines for boom lift work
  • Emergency plans and evacuation procedures for the Boom Lift SWMS
  • Worker inductions for Boom Lift
  • Toolbox talks (safety meetings) added to the Boom Lift SWMS
  • Outline details of supervision of the site and workers on the Boom Lift SWMS
  • Check all workers qualifications, permits and competencies for Boom Lift operations
  • Ensure the Boom Lift and any related equipment is functioning correctly
  • Hazard reporting procedures in place and added to the Boom Lift SWMS
  • Incident reporting procedures in place and added to the Boom Lift SWMS
  • Exclusion zones when conducting boom lift work
  • Risk Assessment for TASK completed and noted on the Boom Lift SWMS
  • Electrical NO GO ZONES identified, discussed and documented.

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with boom lift and ensure that:

  1. A risk assessment of the boom lift work is conducted
  2. Suitable access and adequate space to conduct boom lift work safely
  3. Consult with all stakeholders on potential hazards and risks when conducting boom lift work
  4. Consultation with all relevant workers and personnel for Boom Lift SWMS details
  5. If conducting Boom Lift at night, ensure there is adequate lighting
  6. Check that the work environment is suitable for boom lift work

Boom Lift Training - Worker Qualifications

Ensure all workers have the appropriate licenses in conducting Boom Lift as well as any qualifications that may be required for various boom lift projects before starting work. If White Cards are required, retain copies of all cards, licenses and qualifications of personnel.

All personnel must: 

  1. Be trained and/or have received instructions on the Boom Lift SWMS including all safety and emergency procedures.
  2. Be qualified, knowledgeable and competent in Boom Lift operations and boom lift work as well as all delegated tasks/responsibilities
  3. Be fully aware and understand the scope of work in relation to the Boom Lift SWMS 

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Boom Lift Safe Work Method Statement Template:

  • Before starting to use an electric-powered boom lift, make sure the battery is fully charged.
  • Before any operation always check the liquid levels such as hydraulic oil, coolant, oil and fuel.
  • Before commencing use, inspect all the controls for proper operation.
  • Before commencing, make sure that all movements are steady and smooth.
  • Inspect the operation of outriggers, stops and brakes and make sure the unit will remain stable when the boom is extended.
  • Make sure that the gates and guard fences are secure and they close securely.
  • Make sure the anchor points in the platform are in proper condition, and that suitable safety harnesses are available.
  • Never use if the battery is not charged or low in power.
  • If any of the liquid levels are low, top them up.
  • Inspect the bottom and top controls.
  • Never use the machine with jerky movements.
  • Never use the machine if the stops and brakes are not preventing all movement of the machine.
  • Inspect the operation of the gate latch.
  • All persons in the platform must wear safety harnesses at all times.
  • Use only Fall arrest Harnesses complying with the Australian Standard AS 1891.1 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices Safety belts and harnesses.
  • Before any person is allowed to use a harness, make sure the person has received instructions and training in their proper use.
  • For minimising the risk of suspension trauma in the event of a fall, suitable equipment for rescue must be available within a short time.
  • Never use any faulty or out of date equipment.
  • Make sure the harnesses in use are properly fitted for safety.
  • All persons working on site must be instructed in rescue procedures.
  • Inspect the path which the machine will be traversing. Make sure there is adequate clearing and that the surface will not make the machine lose stability while travelling.
  • Before travelling, make sure that the boom is retracted and is lowered.
  • When traversing rough surfaces where the visibility is restricted, or when turning corners, reduce the speed.
  • Even when moving only for short distances, make sure the boom is lowered.
  • While traversing, the body must be kept fully within the confines of the cage.
  • Cover all voids and drains and remove obstacles from the path of the machine.
  • Make sure the boom has adequate clearance.
  • Use only safe speed for travelling.
  • Turn corners only at low speeds.
  • Never travel with boom raised.
  • Make sure the cage gates remain closed.
  • To prevent collision of boom lift with other vehicles or plants in the vicinity, use signs, traffic cones and barricades.
  • In areas where boom lift is to be used, all travelling overhead cranes must be isolated and tagged out.
  • When the boom is raised, do not allow persons near the machine.
  • On completion, store the machine in a secure area, lower the boom fully and remove the key.
  • Use the cones, signs and barricades to protect the work area.
  • Do not allow movement of cranes.
  • Do not allow unauthorised entry.
  • Do not allow unauthorised use.
  • Identify the location of all overhead electrical locations in the work area.
  • Always maintain a safe distance from all electricity wires unless authorised specifically to access or to carry out any electrical work.
  • Always maintain safe clearance distances.
  • Before commencing work, make sure the electric wires are either de-energised or insulated with matting. Identify such matting with tiger tails.
  • When operating near live electric wires, always post a competent observer.
  • Always maintain a safe distance from electric catenary wires.
  • Make sure there is at least 0.5-meter clearance of tools or equipment from any LV wire.
  • Before raising the boom, make sure that the unit is resting on la level surface. Level it without riggers is the surface is uneven.
  • Make sure all persons in the EWP bucket are wearing proper safety harnesses to prevent them from falling on to any part of the machine or to the ground.
  • When working at heights, never over-reach beyond the confines of the cage.
  • Never rock the unit when the platform is in a raised position.
  • Make sure the gates on the platform guard rails are closed and are locked in place.
  • The total load in the bucket of the EWP, including all materials, equipment, tools and personnel must never exceed the safe working load of the unit.
  • Never use the boom lift as a crane for lifting materials. Carry loads within the confines of the platform cage only.
  • Never tie the platform or the boom to any adjacent structure.
  • To prevent material and tools from falling, use lanyards when working.
  • Before raising, make sure the unit is parked on a firm and stable surface,
  • Do not use belts, only use parachute type of harnesses.
  • When in an elevated position, never open the gates.
  • Always avoid any jerky or sudden movement.
  • Never try to climb on, sit or stand on platform guard rails.
  • Make sure never to exceed the safe working load of the EWP.
  • Never place the loads outside the perimeter of the platform.
  • When maintaining or inspecting battery packs, never short the terminals.
  • Use only approved battery chargers and set them to the proper voltage before charging batteries.
  • Never replace batteries with light weight batteries compared with the originally fitted batteries. Use counterweights to maintain machine stability.
  • Try never to spill or contact battery acid. Always neutralise the spill and flush the area.
  • Keep battery packs in their upright position always. Never expose the batteries or chargers to water.
  • When working on batteries, always remove watches, rings and chains.
  • Make sure that the total weight of the batteries used is the approved minimum at least.
  • Wearing eye and hand protection is mandatory. Never tip or drop batteries. Always recharge batteries in protected areas only.

National: View the Model Codes of Practice for Excavation Work on Safe Work Australia's website here.
Victoria: Victoria's Code of Practice for Excavation Work may be viewed on Work Safe Victoria's website here.