Cagemaker Safe Work Method Statement

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Cagemaker Safe Work Method Statement

Cagemaker 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 Cagemaker 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 Cagemaker 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. Setting up - fitting of plates& pipes
  8. Teaching bar positions
  9. Setting up of bar stock - replacing ligature coil
  10. Loading bar
  11. Starting cage - attachment of ligature bar
  12. Production of cage
  13. Joining of ligature bars
  14. Finalising cage
  15. Tapering of cage
  16. Changing mandrel - replacement of mandrel
  17. On completion

The Cagemaker Safe Work Method Statement, include;

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

Your Cagemaker 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.

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.

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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 Cagemaker 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 Cagemaker SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

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

There are some fundamentalrequirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Cagemaker SWMS such as: 

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

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

Your Cagemaker Safe Work Method Statement Template shouldlist any high risk construction work, such as:

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Cagemaker 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 Cagemaker.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with cagemaker and ensure that 

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

Cagemaker Training and Worker Qualifications 

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

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Cagemaker Safe WorkMethod Statement Template:

  • Observe safe and proper manual handling practices when lifting or handling heavy or awkward components and materials use mechanical aids if necessary.
  • Keep hands and fingers away from entrapment zones.
  • Wear leather gloves when handling rough or sharp material.
  • Fit plates into mandrel at the 12 o’clock position (Top Dead Centre (TDC)).
  • Fit pipe into slots in plates, check measure radius, and fit retaining bolts.
  • Wearing eye and hearing protection is necessary.
  • Use joystick to set pipe height to match bar feed trough.
  • Refer to operator’s manual for cage recipe check on-screen display with manual to ensure agreement.
  • Use foot pedal #1 to rotate jig to zero position, then use joystick and teach button to set bar positions.
  • Make sure the bench is stocked with sufficient quantity of correct diameter longitudinal reinforcing bar.
  • Obtain assistance or use mechanical aids with heavy bar stock.
  • Keep hands and fingers away from trap points when rolling bar into loader wear leather gloves.
  • Replace coil using fork lift or overhead crane to replace coil holder keep hands away.
  • Use foot pedal #2 to feed bar. (If necessary, reverse feed and pull bar back manually). Keep hands back from end of bar when guiding into feed pipes. Wear leather gloves.
  • To set ramp height use screw adjuster.
  • Jig will rotate to next position automatically after each bar is positioned when foot pedal #2 is depressed.
  • Extractor will commence travelling automatically when all bars are loaded and jig is raised. Sensors should stop unit before reaching jig, and the last part of travel is then controlled by using pedal #2.
  • Always keep away from moving parts and keep well away from moving extractor.
  • Weld end of ligature bar to longitudinal bar (approx. 9o’clock position) for larger ligature bars (16mm +), weld to two longitudinal bars to prevent weld breaking under strain. Rotate using pedal #2to put the first allocation of rings onto cage. Back off using pedal #1 to prevent deforming of cage.
  • Wearing eye protection and welding mask is necessary.
  • Fit extractor claws onto welded ligature rings. Use pedal #1to set - wear hand and body protection.
  • Press teach button on console to commence production.Depress pedal #2 to commence rotation and extraction, release pedal to stop rotation to allow welding of ligature bar to longitudinal bars.
  • It is necessary to wear hearing and eye protection, welding mask and body protection.
  • Suitable gloves must be worn when handling hot, rough or sharp objects.
  • Stop machine before end of coil enters straightener.
  • Lift straightener, and remove dead end from rollers.
  • Obtain assistance two persons required for bar up to 12mm and three persons for larger (>15mm) bar.
  • Place end of new ligature bar from coil into straightener rollers, and pull through far enough to allow to be welded to cage.
  • Wear eye protection, welding mask, hand and body protection.
  • Weld new bar to last ring provide overlap of 50x diameter of ligature bar.
  • Cut off excess of old ligature at 6 o’clock position, and remove waste.
  • Weld ligature bar to longitudinal bars before cutting off.
  • Cut bar low down and close to straightener.
  • Keep out of line of bar being cut.
  • Release lock nut on mandrel to allow tension of ligature bar to produce taper.
  • Keep away from operating pedals when reaching into cage to release the locking nut.
  • Cut welds to allow removal of tapering jig wearing eye and hearing protection is necessary.
  • Attach crane or forklift to jig before removal of retaining nut.
  • Remove arms from jig to allow access to locking nut wearing hand protection is necessary.
  • Undo lock nut, and slide jig assembly off.
  • Slide new inner mandrel onto shaft make sure proper manual handling practices are followed.
  • Fit plates and re-attach lock nut.

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