Concrete Pump And Spraying Safe Work Method Statement

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Concrete Pump And Spraying Safe Work Method Statement

Concrete Pump And Spraying 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 Concrete Pump and Spraying 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 Concrete Pump And Spraying 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. Maintenance and inspection of concrete pumping machinery
  8. Site safety
  9. Setting up and pre-start checks
  10. Personnel management
  11. Concrete pumping
  12. Use of boom system
  13. Pump cleaning
  14. On completion

The Concrete Pump And Spraying Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Concrete Pump And Spraying 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. When working with concrete, it is important to always wear PPE. When working with the concrete pump and spraying machine, it is essential to follow any safety guidelines.
  2. If it gets in to your eyes, wash them out and seek medical assistance immediately.
  3. Once the work has been completed, your skin and all protective clothing should be thoroughly washed with soap and running water.

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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 Concrete Pump And Spraying 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 Concrete Pump And Spraying SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Concrete Pump And Spraying SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own concrete pump and spraying SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Concrete Pump And Spraying SWMS such as:

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

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

Your Concrete Pump And Spraying Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

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

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

Your Concrete Pump And Spraying SWMS should also list any Personal Protective Equipment such as: 

  • Foot Protection - Boots or closed in shoes
  • Hand Protection - 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 Concrete Pump And Spraying SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Concrete Pump And Spraying SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to concrete pump and spraying work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Concrete Pump And Spraying and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

When the Concrete Pump And Spraying SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

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

When preparing your Concrete Pump And Spraying 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 Concrete Pump And Spraying. 

When writing your Concrete Pump And Spraying SWMS, establish any policies, procedures and systems for working with Concrete Pump And Sprayings in consultation with the Principal Contractor and workers while being sure to establish: 

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when using concrete pump and spraying and ensure that:

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

Concrete Pump And Spraying Training and Worker Qualifications

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

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Concrete Pump And Spraying Safe Work Method Statement Template:

  • The owner must keep a logbook foreach machine to record all monthly and yearly inspection checks, details of all tests, repairs, replacements and modifications carried out on the equipment. This logbook must be available for inspection by the contractor or the person in control of the workplace.
  • Only a competent person must carryout all maintenance and repairs. These must be done according to the specifications of the manufacturer.
  • There must be evidence in the logbooks that the pump and other equipment have been inspected and certified to be suitable for continued service.
  • A person nearby could be fatally injured due to a pipe or coupling failure.
  • Before starting each shift, carryout inspection and routing maintenance of concrete pumping machinery.
  • Prevent unauthorised personnel from entering areas by providing exclusion zones.
  • Receiving hopper of the pump must be provided with a clear and safe truck access.
  • Take the approval of the driver to move the concrete chute when the truck is stationary.
  • Delivery trucks must be fitted with audible reversing devices.
  • Make sure the truck remains immovable and stable.
  • Use a traffic controller or as potter to direct the trucks where there must be more than one concrete truck.
  • Make sure the driver has adequate space for operating the truck safely and is able to operate the emergency shutdown device during emergency.
  • All unauthorised entry must be prevented by barricading or fencing the area.
  • Ramps necessary for assisting the flow of concrete from the delivery truck chute to the pump hopper must be designed such that the truck would not be able to back off the ramps and have anon-slip surface.
  • Make sure all waiting trucks have adequate space.
  • Make sure no person can be trapped between the truck and the hopper.
  • Before fitting hoses and clamps, check them for any wear and damages.
  • Before starting to pump and spray, make sure all the pipes are restrained and that the clamps are secure.
  • Unless specified by the manufacturer, never use non-reinforced hoses on piston type pumps. All high-pressure pumps on high-rise satellite booms must use steel reinforced hoses.
  • The delivery hose must be fitted on the boom pump using a safety chain, sling or other restraining device according to AS1418.15.
  • People must be protected from the moving parts of the hopper by providing a physical barrier.
  • Make sure the delivery hose is capable of handling the pumping pressure.
  • The outlet end of the hose where it is located above public or workers must be fitted with a suitable stop device.
  • A grill must be placed over the hopper opening.
  • Before starting to pump, make sure all safety guards and precautions are in place.
  • Allow only the persons directly involved in pumping to be in the work area.
  • A person other than the truck driver must be based at the hopper. He must be responsible for the operation and stopping of the pump.
  • Pump operator must:
  • Always have a clear view of both the hose-hand and the hopper when using the remote control.
  • Always be based at the pump.
  • Maintain communication with the hose hand.
  • Make sure that workers have been fully instructed and they understand the procedures to follow when cleaning concrete hoppers.
  • Watch the hose system for leakage or damage to the hose that may cause a discharge of concrete under pressure.
  • The pipeline must never be dismantled for any purpose before relieving the pressure.
  • Concrete must be pumped only when the grill is in the closed position.
  • While pumping, clamp failures may eject pipes and hoses under pressure from the concrete pump. Persons should keep away to avoid being struck.
  • The boom system must be set up carefully, such that it does not encroach within the safe approach distance of the electric catenary wires. (For low-voltage catenary wires, the safe approach distance is 3.0m. For higher voltages, check the safe approach distances with the electric supply authority).
  • Avoid overload of the hose or other parts of the unit by using reducers.
  • Do not allow structural failure of the boom if an additional hose is added to the end of a concrete placement boom for pumping concrete.
  • When working near power lines, use an observer to warn of possible encroachment.
  • When there is a risk of contact, have the supply wires de-energised.
  • Always follow the operating instruction manuals of the manufacturer.
  • Make sure the discharge end of the pipeline has a device attached to catch the cleaning device when the concrete is still flowing.
  • Prevent any uncontrolled movement during purging by removing the rubber hose at the end of the pipeline and securing all parts of the pipeline.
  • Before leaving a system unattended or before disconnecting a pipeline connection, always make sure, the pipeline is free of internal pressure.
  • Relieve pressure from the system by providing an air relief valve and by shutting off air to the pipeline.
  • Always have a support person within the immediate area for providing advice to workers involved in the cleaning of hoppers.
  • Allow only a fully competent person to do the line cleaning.
  • Use water rather than air for cleaning.

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.