Genie Lift Safe Work Method Statement

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Genie Lift Safe Work Method Statement

Genie Lift 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 Genie Lift 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 Genie Lift 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-use checks
  8. General precautions
  9. Operation and use
  10. Winch operation
  11. Electric winch
  12. Maintenance
  13. On completion

The Genie Lift Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Genie Lift 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. A simple but vital safety measure is wearing a harness and making sure the lanyard is fully secured to the platform.
  2. Keep both feet firmly planted on the platform. Do not sit, climb or stand on the guardrails.
  3. Do not use planks, ladders or other devices to gain more height.

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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 Genie Lift 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 genie lift project as needed, making sure that your Genie Lift SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Genie Lift 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 Genie Lift. 

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

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

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

Genie Lift Training - Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Before start of work, inspect the area for slippery and unstable surfaces, debris, bumps, holes or drop offs.
  • Check that the machine does not have any incorrect assembly, worn, missing or loose part.
  • Never use a machine with a worn, kinked, frayed or damaged cable and/or if the winch drum has less than 4 wraps of cable left, after the carriage is fully lowered.
  • All frame channels must be properly lubricated.Non-lubricated frame channels could bind or stop moving which may lead to the load falling off.
  • Do not allow movement of machine. Ensure that the foot pedal is pressed and the brake is locked.
  • Inspect the area for overhead electric wiring, as they may obstruct the load when raised.
  • While moving the lifter, avoid uneven surfaces, bumps and holes.
  • If found faulty, do not use the machine.
  • Before the machine is returned to use, replace all worn or damaged cables.
  • Only recommended cables must be used.
  • Ensure the braking surfaces do not have grease or oil on them.
  • Make sure that the load to be lifted is equal to or below the safe working capacity of the lifter.
  • Never leave a machine unattended when it has a load raised.
  • Never exceed the rated load capacity of the lifter.
  • Make sure the load is centred properly on the load platform or on forks
  • Never move the machine that has a load raised, unless it is for minor positioning.
  • Never operate machine in gusty or windy conditions.
  • Inspect the area for possible hazards such as overhead obstructions.
  • Be careful to keep fingers and hands at a safe distance from pinch points, carriages and pulleys.
  • Never tilt the machine back when raising loads.
  • The handle of the winch must be rotated clockwise for raising the carriage to the top of the inner frame. This should raise the carriage and inner frame to maximum height.
  • The handle of the winch must be rotated anti-clockwise for lowering the inner frame within the outer frame. Then lower the carriage to ground.
  • If there is a hesitation or binding is observed, frame channels must be lubricated.
  • There must be no binding in the movement of the frame and carriage.
  • Unless the winch handle is operated, the carriage must not be able to be lowered.
  • Make sure the battery pack is connected.
  • Pull the emergency stop button until it is in the ON position.
  • Raise the carriage to top of the inner frame, by pushing the UP button on the hand controls.
  • Push the STOP button in, and examine the operation of UP and DOWN controls.
  • Use only fully charged batteries.
  • There must be no binding in the movement of the frame and carriage.
  • Stop using the machine if the controls operate.
  • Use dry silicone lubricant to lubricate the channels so that binding is prevented.
  • For removing damaged, frayed or worn cable, always use protective leather gloves.
  • Use only approved fittings on cables and make sure they are fitted properly.
  • Before returning the unit to service, make sure the winch and cable are operating properly.

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.