Concrete Pumping Safe Work Method Statement

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Concrete Pumping Safe Work Method Statement

Concrete Pumping Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)

Looking to start work on site? Or maybe you're just looking to make your workplace safer, or possibly you're going for that next Government Tender - Either way, the Concrete Pumping Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is comprehensive, easy to understand and is designed to be implemented into your business with as little fuss as possible.

Look, we understand the challenges that many business owners face, let alone having to understand complicated safety documentation written in a language that nobody understands. That's why every Safe Work Method Statement Template is written in an easy to understand format, while at the same time being some of the highest quality in the industry. Our SWMS documents get you on site, save you loads of time and are easy to use. This way, you can get on with doing what you do best.


The Concrete Pumping 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 systems
  13. Pump cleaning
  14. On completion

The Concrete Pumping Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Concrete Pumping 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. When working with concrete, it is important to always wear PPE. When working with the concrete pumping 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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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 Concrete Pumping 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 Pumping SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Concrete Pumping 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 Pumping. 

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when doing concrete pumping and ensure that:

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

Concrete Pumping Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • The owner for each machine must keep a log book that records all monthly and yearly inspection checks, and details of all tests, repairs, replacements and modifications carried out on equipment.
  • The logbook must be available for inspection by the contractor or person in control of the workplace.
  • Logbooks must contain evidence that the pump and other equipment has been inspected and certified to be suitable for continued service.
  • Allow maintenance and repairs to be carried out only by a competent person in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Pipe or coupling failure could cause fatal injuries to a person nearby - barricade or fence the area to prevent unauthorised entry.
  • Before starting each shift, inspect and carry out routine maintenance of concrete pumping machinery.
  • Design the ramps used to assist the flow of concrete from the delivery truck chute to the pump hopper to have a non-slip surface, so that the truck cannot back off the ramps.
  • Provide exclusion zone to prevent unauthorised personnel entering area.
  • Provide clear and safe truck access to the receiving hopper of the pump.
  • Move the concrete chute only when the truck is stationary or with the approval of the driver - make sure that the truck cannot move and remains stable.
  • Delivery trucks must have audible reversing devices.
  • A spotter or traffic controller to direct trucks should be used where more than one concrete truck is required - make sure that adequate space is available for waiting trucks.
  • Make sure there is adequate space for the driver to operate the truck safely and be able to operate the emergency shutdown device in an emergency.
  • Make sure that no person can be trapped between truck and hopper.
  • Inspect hoses and clamps for any wear or damage before being fitted delivery hose must be capable of handling the pumping pressure.
  • Before pumping, make sure that pipes are restrained and that clamps are secure.
  • Never use non- reinforced hoses on piston type pumps unless specified by the manufacturer. Steel reinforced hoses should be used with high pressure pumps on high rise satellite booms.
  • Fit suitable stop device at the outlet end of the hose where it is located above workers or public.
  • Secure the delivery hose fitting on a boom pump by a safety chain, sling or other retaining device in line with AS1418.15.
  • Provide a physical barrier to protect people from moving parts of the hopper place a grill over hopper opening.
  • Before pumping, make sure that all safety guards and precautions are in place.
  • Permit only those persons directly involved in pumping to be in the work area.
  • A second person other than the truck driver should be based at the hopper and be responsible for the operation and stopping of the pump.
  • Pump operator should:
  • 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 communications with the hose hand, and
  • Make sure that workers have been given full instructions on and fully understand the procedures to follow when concrete hoppers are cleaned.
  • Pump concrete only when the grill is in the closed position.
  • Persons should keep away from hoses under pressure to avoid being struck by ejected pipes from the concrete pump due to clamp failures while pumping.
  • Watch the hose system for signs of leaks or damage to the hose which may cause discharge of concrete under pressure.
  • Do not dismantle the pipeline for any purpose until pressure is relieved.
  • Be careful when setting up so that boom system does not encroach within the safe approach distances of electric catenary wires.
  • (Safe approach distance for low voltage catenary wires is 3.0m. Check with electricity supply authority when working near higher voltages).
  • Let an observer warn of possible encroachment when working near power lines.
  • Have supply wires de-energised if risk of contact is likely.
  • Use reducers to avoid overload of the hose or other parts of the unit.
  • Avoid structural failure of the boom caused when additional hose is added to the end of a concrete placement boom for pumping concrete.
  • Adhere to manufacturer’s operating instruction manuals.
  • Make sure a device is attached to the discharge end of the pipeline to catch the cleaning device while the concrete is still flowing.
  • Within the immediate area, have a support person provide advice to workers involved in the cleaning of hoppers.
  • Remove rubber hose at the end of pipeline and secure all parts of the pipeline to prevent any uncontrolled movement during purging.
  • Allow only a fully competent person to do line cleaning.
  • Make sure the pipeline is free of internal pressure before disconnecting a pipeline connection, or leaving system unattended.
  • An air relief valve as well as shutting off the air to the pipeline is needed to relieve pressure from the system.
  • 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.