Compactor (Vibrating Plate) Safe Work Method Statement

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Compactor (Vibrating Plate) Safe Work Method Statement

Compactor (Vibrating Plate) 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 Compactor (Vibrating Plate) 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 Compactor (Vibrating Plate) 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. Site safety
  9. Operational risks
  10. Use of compactor
  11. Maintenance, cleaning and transport
  12. On completion

The Compactor (Vibrating Plate) Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Compactor (Vibrating Plate) 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.

Bluesafe Quick Tips:

  1. Do not use machinery if you feel tired, hung-over or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  2. Do not use or continue to use a faulty or damaged compactor.
  3. Always keep guards in place and in operational condition.

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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 Compactor (Vibrating Plate) Safe Work Method Statement, the first step is to create the document asa 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 Compactor (Vibrating Plate) SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Compactor (Vibrating Plate) SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own compactor (vibrating plate) SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Compactor (Vibrating Plate) SWMS such as:

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

Note: The Compactor (Vibrating Plate) SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the compactor (vibrating plate) work is completed. Where the Compactor (Vibrating Plate) SWMS is revised, all versions of the SWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the Compactor (Vibrating Plate) Safe Work Method Statement, the Compactor (Vibrating Plate) SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident.

Your Compactor (Vibrating Plate) Safe Work Method StatementTemplate should list any high risk construction work, such as:

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

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

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

When the Compactor (Vibrating Plate) SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the compactor (vibrating plate) work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Compactor (Vibrating Plate) 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 Compactor (Vibrating Plate) SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the compactor (vibrating plate) work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Compactor (Vibrating Plate) SWMS. 

When preparing your Compactor (Vibrating Plate) 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 Compactor(Vibrating Plate). 

When writing your Compactor (Vibrating Plate) SWMS, establish any policies, procedures and systems for working with Compactor (Vibrating Plate)s in consultation with the Principal Contractor and workers while being sure to establish:

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

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

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

Compactor (Vibrating Plate) Training and Worker Qualifications

Ensure all workers have the appropriate licenses in conducting Compactor (Vibrating Plate) as well as any qualifications that maybe required for various compactor (vibrating plate) 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 Compactor (Vibrating Plate) SWMS including all safety and emergency procedures.
  2. Be qualified, knowledgeable and competent in Compactor (Vibrating Plate) operations and compactor (vibrating plate) work as well as all delegated tasks/responsibilities
  3. Be fully aware and understand the scope of work in relation to the Compactor (Vibrating Plate) SWMS 

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Compactor(Vibrating Plate) Safe Work Method Statement Template: 

  • Regularly check for physical damages on motors, components, and other evidences of fuel leaks, for units powered by internal combustion motors.
  • Inspect all controls for proper functioning, specifically the emergency cut out system.
  • Make sure the guard or shroud is offering complete protection from accidental contact with the moving parts of an operating unit.
  • Inspect the oil level, and before starting the machine, ensure that fuel and water tanks are filled.
  • Never use faulty equipment.
  • Make sure the guard is fitted before operating the machine.
  • Refuel only at a safe distance from the work area.
  • Provide safety of workers from passing traffic, vehicles, etc., and exclude unauthorised persons by barricading the work area.
  • Make sure there are no obstacles in the work area.
  • Make sure there is adequate clearance for equipment.
  • Make sure there is adequate illumination in the work area and that persons are able to work safely.
  • For site security, use only approved barricades and warning signs.
  • Work area must be kept clear of all obstacles.
  • If working within enclosed areas or in covered places, monitor the noise levels of internal combustion powered units.
  • Make sure hands and feet are not near the moving parts of the machine.
  • Do not allow body parts to touch the motor or exhaust on fuel-powered machines.
  • After refuelling, make sure the fuel tank cap is fitted properly and securely.
  • When using petrol machines, make sure there is proper air movement and adequate ventilation.
  • Do not allow rubbish, leaves or rags around the muffler, as these may burn.
  • Do not allow smoking near the machine. Turn the machine off, and allow the machine to cool before refuelling.
  • When lifting the machine, always obtain assistance.
  • Wearing hearing protection is necessary.
  • Wearing suitable foot protection is essential.
  • Refuel the machine in a ventilated area.
  • Make sure the fuel cap is secure on the tank.
  • Do not allow smoking or ignition sources.
  • Keep the machine clear.
  • Proper handling procedures must be followed.
  • At all times, follow the safe starting procedures turn the fuel tap on, apply choke and open the throttle slightly, pull start, and open choke until the engine is running smoothly.
  • Never leave the machine unattended when it is running.
  • Do not allow any non-essential persons, children and animals in the work area.
  • When operating, maintain effective control always by keeping a firm hold of the handles.
  • When operating, always make sure of maintaining sure footing.
  • For maintaining optimum ergonomic body position during operation, make sure the handle is set to the proper height.
  • Be careful of and keep away from projections on the surface being compacted.
  • Never rev the engine when starting.
  • Apply load only after the engine has warmed up.
  • Never attempt to use the compactor one-handed.
  • Wearing hand protection is necessary for minimising vibration.
  • Wearing eye protection is necessary.
  • Make sure the manufacturer's instructions are followed while assembling and maintaining the equipment.
  • Before working on moving parts, make sure the machine cannot be operated.
  • Before returning the compactor to service, make sure all guards are in good conditions and they are correctly fitted.
  • During use, the plate may develop sharp edges, burrs and nicks.
  • If cleaning with a high-pressure cleaner, be careful to avoid eye injury.
  • For lifting compactor, use only marked lifting points and whenever available, obtain help of mechanical means.
  • Before manually lifting the machine, drain the water tank to reduce the weight.
  • Lift the machine only by the supplied lifting points.
  • After use, clean the machine to prevent the build-up of mud or clay on the plate.
  • Never allow unauthorised repairs.
  • Remove the lead or the spark plug.
  • Wearing gloves is essential when handling.
  • Wearing eye protection is necessary when cleaning.
  • Proper lifting practices must be observed.
  • Allow the machine to cool and wear hand protection to avoid contacts with hot parts.
  • Wearing eye protection is necessary.

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.