Front End Loader Safe Work Method Statement

Front End Loader Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS Template) delivered in Microsoft Word format for easy editing.

Front End Loader Safe Work Method Statement

Front End Loader 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 big contract or government tender - the Front End Loader Safe Work Method Statement is easy to customise, easy to use and 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 Front End Loader 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. After-start checks
  9. Operator position
  10. Travel
  11. Maintenance
  12. Repairs, etc., to buckets
  13. Operation (excavator)
  14. Operation (front-end loader)
  15. Use of rubber-tyred backhoe /front-end loader as crane
  16. On completion

The Front End Loader Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Front End Loader 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. Hold bucket as close to ground as possible and racked back for visibility reasons.
  2. Avoid driving over obstacles, ditches, and drains - which could affect steering control.
  3. Avoid travelling across a slant on a steep incline, as well as avoid sharp turns or turning at speed.

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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 Front End Loader 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 front end loader project as needed, making sure that your Front End Loader SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Front End Loader SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own front end loader SWMS.

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

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

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

Your Front End Loader Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

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

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

Your Front End Loader 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 Front End Loader SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Front End Loader SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to front end loader work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Front End Loader and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace. 

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

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

When preparing your Front End Loader 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 Front End Loader.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with front end loader and ensure that:

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

Front End Loader Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Unless the appropriate statutory authority approves, all tractors must be fitted with approved rollover protective structures (ROPS).
  • Keep a check on the battery, coolant, transmission oil, engine oil, hydraulic oil and fuel.
  • Remove any mud lumps attached to treads and check the tire condition and pressures.
  • Inspect the condition and tension of tracks. The sag must remain between 2.5mm and 3.8mm.
  • Check for worn cutting edges, worn teeth and missing teeth.
  • Inspect the arms and connections for excessive wear.
  • Inspect leaks, fractures or splits on connections, hoses and rams.
  • Wearing eye and hand protection is recommended.
  • Wearing gloves is recommended.
  • Use non-slip type steps and ladders.
  • When mounting or dismounting a tractor, the operator must be provided with handholds, which will allow him to maintain 3 points of contact at all times.
  • To allow an operator to maintain a comfortable operating position, the seat must be adjustable and well sprung.
  • When using the machine, fit the seat belt, adjust it correctly and wear it.
  • All gages and levels must be within easy reach, be readable and clearly identified. In correct operating conditions, all needles should preferably be oriented in vertical position.
  • Provide adequate ventilation.
  • The opening of the exhaust must be directed away from the cabin to disallow fumes to enter the cabin.
  • Before commencing work, or if bumped, clean and adjust all mirrors.
  • The seat must be adjusted suitable to personal needs.
  • Whenever driving and operating, a seat belt must be worn.
  • All lights, horn, indicators and reversing alarm must be tested.
  • Steering must be tested both ways. Check the park brake and braking operations.
  • When travelling, lock together the separated brake pedals.
  • Before loading bucket, test all hydraulic operations.
  • Never drive a faulty machine.
  • Unless there is a proper seat fitted with a seat belt, passengers must not be carried.
  • Never travel at speeds, which may cause loss of control over bumps, etc.
  • The bucket must be racked back for visibility and carried as close to the machine as possible.
  • Preferably, never drive over obstacles such as drains, ditches, etc., which may affect control.
  • When on a steep incline, avoid traveling across slope.
  • Avoid sharp turns and do not turn at speed.
  • Unless a dedicated seat is provided, never carry passengers.
  • For turning, slow down.
  • When travelling with load in bucket, reduce the speed.
  • Rack the bucket back and carry it close to the ground for improved visibility and stability.
  • The unit to be loaded must be approached at a right angle, and the bucket must not be raised until ready to empty.
  • Do not travel or turn with the bucket in a raised position.
  • Never load a bucket more than the working load limit of the loader.
  • Articulated rollers will have nip and pinch points, which must be highlighted.
  • During operations, several hazards may be encountered; use appropriate protective equipment.
  • If there is a hazard to feet, wearing foot protection is necessary.
  • Wet material always weighs more per unit than dry material.
  • Never go near to the nip and pinch points on the articulated loaders.
  • Wearing eye, head, hearing and foot protection is recommended.
  • If possible, always park on level ground.
  • If parking on sloping ground, position the machine up and down the slope.
  • Apply the handbrake, place the transmission in neutral or the park position.
  • Lower the bucket fully to the ground with the front cutting edge flat.
  • Before leaving the machine unattended, switch off the machine, remove the keys and lock the cabin.
  • If the machine is to remain unattended, never leave the keys in ignition.
  • Before removing radiator cap, allow engine to cool down.
  • Water-filled tires may be used at the rear as ballast.
  • To check the pressure or to inflate tires, have the valve stem at the top.
  • For draining water from the tire, place the valve at the bottom position.
  • For removing or replacing a wheel or a tire assembly, using mechanical aids is recommended.
  • For replacing or removing counterweights, use mechanical aids.
  • Wearing hand protection is recommended.
  • Wearing Type 1 footwear is recommended.

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.