Cable Trailer Safe Work Method Statement

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Cable Trailer Safe Work Method Statement

Cable Trailer 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 Trailer 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 Trailer 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. Loading cable drum
  9. Unloading cable drum
  10. Safety checks for travel
  11. Stowage or stationary use
  12. On completion

The Cable Trailer Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Cable Trailer 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.

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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 Trailer 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 Trailer SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks. 

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

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

  • Details of the person(s) responsible for making sure implementation, monitoring and compliance of the Cable Trailer SWMS as well as any reviews and modifications.
  • Any information detailing safety meetings or toolbox talks in relation to cable trailer work, scheduled in accordance with legislative requirements to first identify any site hazards where the cable trailer 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 trailer work being done.
  • Any changes added to the Cable Trailer SWMS after an incident or a near miss.

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

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

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

Your Cable Trailer 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 Trailer
  • 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 Trailer 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 Trailer SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Cable Trailer SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to cable trailer 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 Trailer and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

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

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

When preparing your Cable Trailer 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 Trailer.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with cable trailer and ensure that:

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

Cable Trailer Training and Worker Qualifications 

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

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

  • Safety chains and couplings, winch cable, and wheel bearings must be inspected regularly.
  • Inspect all the parts of a trailer for damage, wear, missing or worn safety chains and pins, loose or missing bolts or cracked or broken welds.
  • Never exceed the safe load of the trailer. Always check the mass of drum before mounting.
  • While maintaining and checking batteries, preferably wear protective clothing.
  • Do not use the trailer, if any of the parts are found to be distorted, damaged or worn.
  • The trailer must display its safe mass prominently.
  • While setting up the drum carrier for loading, be careful to keep hands away from the trailer parts.
  • Drums should preferably be loaded onto the trailer, when it is on a firm and level surface. This allows the cable drum to be rolled into the correct position easily for mounting on the spindle.
  • Do not let the winch cable snag, kink or flatten. Regularly check the cable for signs of wear or damage, discard worn sections or replace the entire cable.
  • Before releasing the strain on the winch cable, make sure all safety pins are fitted and all the securing pins are properly fitted.
  • Be careful about nip points and keep your hands away from them.
  • For handling cable drums, wearing gloves and foot protection is essential.
  • While handling wire rope, wearing hand protection is essential.
  • All pins must be regularly inspected for damage or wear.
  • Before starting to remove safety pins, make sure that the load is taken up with the cable.
  • While lowering the drum, make sure hands are clear of the moving parts of the drum carrier.
  • Always unload drums on a firm level surface as this allows ease of movement.
  • Accidental movement of drum can be avoided by chocking it.
  • Never attempt to remove pins when still under load.
  • While moving drums, make sure hand and feet are kept clear.
  • Before travel, make sure all tyres are inflated to the proper pressure and are undamaged.
  • Before travel, make sure to replace blown bulbs and check all lights are operating.
  • Make sure the coupling is properly fitted and is secured to the tow ball or ring, shackles done up properly and the safety chains are connected.
  • Before using on the road, test the operation of electric or over-ride brakes.
  • Never use a trailer that has faulty components.
  • Make sure the couplings and towing connections match properly.
  • Before travel, make sure the brake is off.
  • Before uncoupling from vehicle, prevent movement of trailer by chocking the wheels.
  • Make sure to place the jockey wheel or stand on a firm surface or on packing. If the drum is mounted on an uncoupled trailer while drawing cable, further movement can be prevented by operating the over-ride brake.
  • Use proper wheel chocks.

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.