Cable Stripper Safe Work Method Statement

Cable Stripper Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS Template) delivered in Microsoft Word format for easy editing.

Cable Stripper Safe Work Method Statement

Cable Stripper 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 Cable Stripper 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 Cable Stripper 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. General precautions
  8. Pre-start checks
  9. Operation
  10. Maintenance and cleaning
  11. On completion

The Cable Stripper Safe Work Method Statement, include;


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

Your Cable Stripper Safe Work Method Statement is ready to be used in three easy steps:

  1. 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.

Your SWMS is now read to use, and may also be used as training materials for work related activities such as Workplace Inductions or WHS-OHS Toolbox Meeting Talks.

Bluesafe Quick Tips:

  1. Don't use the wrong tool, do buy yourself a wire stripper.
  2. Do use a voltage detector and don't work with live wires.
  3. Be careful not to hit the wire or damage it, when stripping off its insulation. If you do nick a wire, snip it where the nick is and begin again.

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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 Cable Stripper 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 Cable Stripper SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Cable Stripper SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own cable stripper SWMS.

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

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

Note: The Cable Stripper SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the cable stripper work is completed. Where the Cable Stripper SWMS is revised, all versions of the SWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the Cable Stripper Safe Work Method Statement, the Cable Stripper SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident. 

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

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

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

  • Forklift
  • Crane
  • Hoist
  • Cable Stripper
  • 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 Cable Stripper 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 Cable Stripper SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Cable Stripper SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to cable stripper work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Cable Stripper and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

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

  1. All persons involved in the cable stripper work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Cable Stripper 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 Cable Stripper SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the cable stripper work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Cable Stripper SWMS. 

When preparing your Cable Stripper 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 Cable Stripper.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when doing cable stripper and ensure that: 

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

Cable Stripper Training and Worker Qualifications

Ensure all workers have the appropriate licenses in conducting Cable Stripper as well as any qualifications that may be required for various cable stripper 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 Cable Stripper SWMS including all safety and emergency procedures.
  2. Be qualified, knowledgeable and competent in Cable Stripper operations and cable stripper work as well as all delegated tasks/responsibilities
  3. Be fully aware and understand the scope of work in relation to the Cable Stripper SWMS

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

  • Make sure there is no scrap or waste in the work area around the machine.
  • Loose clothing or similar must not be worn, as it could be drawn into the rollers.
  • Make sure that all guards are adjusted and fitted properly to prevent any part of the body entering into the cutting zone.
  • Make sure all drive mechanisms and switch boxes are covered.
  • The work area should be kept clean.
  • Long hair or jewellery must not be allowed.
  • Never use a machine that does not have all covers and guards fitted.
  • Keep the power off, and then make sure the cutters and feed rollers do not have scrap and debris on them, and there is no impacted waste on the knurled feed rollers.
  • The cutter must be inspected to make sure there are no chips and nicks; If necessary, replace or repair.
  • Make sure the feed rolls and the cutter are adjusted to suit the size of cable.
  • Before commencing stripping operations, refit and adjust the guards.
  • Never try to clean the cutter or clear the rolls when the machine is running.
  • Never use a machine without guards.
  • Keep hands away from the feed rolls, when feeding cables into rollers.
  • For handling heavy and awkward sections of cable, always obtain assistance.
  • When nearing end, control end of cable to prevent whipping.
  • During stripping operations, keep work area clear of cable.
  • For handling cut insulation and stripped cable, keep hands protected.
  • Never wear gloves while feeding cable into rollers.
  • Wearing eye protection is recommended.
  • When handling stripped cable, wearing cut-resistant gloves is recommended.
  • For carrying out cleaning or maintenance and for removing guards or opening covers, always make sure the machine is isolated.
  • Make sure that all adjusting screws are lightly oiled, kept clean and move freely.
  • Use recommended lubricants to grease at nipples and lightly oil the drive chains.
  • Any debris and scrap on the cutter wheel and feed rolls must be removed.
  • When cleaning or maintaining, make sure the machine cannot be operated.
  • After maintenance, replace the guards.

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.