Mobile Crane Safe Work Method Statement

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Mobile Crane Safe Work Method Statement

Mobile Crane 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 Air Powered Tools Safe Work Method Statement is easy tocustomise, 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, and 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 Mobile Crane 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. General precautions
  9. Travel
  10. Site safety
  11. Slinging and fittings
  12. Operation
  13. Maintenance and repairs
  14. On completion

The Mobile Crane Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Mobile Crane 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. Use expert crane operators.
  2. Inspect equipment and load before operation.
  3. Always check ground conditions and check the work environment.

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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 Mobile Crane 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 mobile crane project as needed, making sure that your Mobile Crane SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Mobile Crane SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own mobile crane SWMS.

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

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

Note: The Mobile Crane SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the mobile crane work is completed. Where the MobileCrane SWMS is revised, all versions of the SWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the Mobile Crane Safe Work MethodStatement, the Mobile Crane SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Mobile Crane 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 Mobile Crane. 

When writing your Mobile Crane SWMS, establish any policies, procedures and systems for working with Mobile Crane in consultation with thePrincipal Contractor and workers while being sure to establish: 

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

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

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

Mobile Crane Training and Worker Qualifications

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

Below are some examples of someControl Measures to be implemented when creating your own Mobile Crane Safe Work Method Statement Template: 

  • Regularly check the jibs and booms for any sign of distortion or damage.
  • Inspect pipes, hoses and rams for leaks, and levels of oil and fluids.
  • Check controls, steering, flasher, horn, lights and tyres.
  • Check terminal fittings, rings, chains and sling sets, hooks and winch cable,
  • Check the operation of load gauge and make sure the load chart is fitted.
  • PPE for construction site must be on board and must be worn.
  • Make sure log books are on board, are up to date and available for inspection.
  • Any distortion or damage must be reported immediately.
  • A crane must not be used until a competent person has inspected it and has certified it safe to use.
  • On construction sites, it is recommended to wear high-visibility garments and foot, head and eye protection.
  • Inspect the ground conditions and the access to the site or the job.
  • Inspect the weight and type of the load to be lifted, and check if any special fittings will be required, such as spreader bars, plate lifters, etc.
  • Make available any additional PPE required over usual construction site requirements.
  • A dog man may be required on site. Check if it will be provided.
  • Name and details of the person in charge of work on site should be obtained beforehand.
  • Packing or pads must be made available.
  • When lifting difficult loads or locations, special fittings may be required and should be made available.
  • Only a qualified person should sling a load that is complex, unusual or over 1 tonne.
  • Plan the route to the job. This will ensure the travel is not affected by restrictions and obstructions, low bridges, road works, or traffic.
  • Make sure that traffic will not be disrupted with the safe travel speed of the crane.
  • Make sure the selected route has adequate height and width clearances.
  • Preferably, avoid freeways, etc.
  • Maintain clearance and safe distance below the overhead electric wiring.
  • Make sure there are no obstructions on the planned access to the actual work.
  • Obtain specific instructions related to the job to be done from the site contact. Find out beforehand who will be supervising the work onsite
  • If crane operation is subject to disruptions from on site traffic, a traffic controller may be required.
  • For ensuring safety of public and motorists, it may be necessary to control traffic or close lanes, especially when working on or near roadways.
  • Working area where the crane is working must have restricted access.
  • Make sure there is sufficient room to access material, etc.for lifting, and there is adequate space available for manoeuvring with the load.
  • Make sure the crane will remain stable with the present ground conditions.
  • For ensuring the stability of the crane when lifting loads, it may be necessary to place packing or pads under the outriggers.
  • Be careful when operating a pick and carry mobile crane on sloping ground.
  • When travelling or operating under low wiring, preferably use an observer.
  • The traffic controller's directions must be observed.
  • It may be required to obtain a permit to work.
  • Proper road work signage must be used.
  • Make sure all persons in the work area are wearing high-visibility garments.
  • Never lift loads unless the crane is on a stable and sound surface.
  • All fittings, hooks, chain and slings, etc. must be inspected carefully before use.
  • Destroy or dispose of if faulty or there is evidence of distortion, damage or wear.
  • Inspect the load to be lifted and select the lifting gear, which is most suitable, and which will not cause any damage to either the load or the lifting gear.
  • For multi-legged sling sets, use load tables on sling sets.For slinging uneven loads, be careful that individual legs are not overloaded.
  • Use strong back for reducing the angle between sling legs when lifting long loads.
  • Check the mass of heavy loads to make sure the safe lifting capacity is not exceeded and the capacity of chain sets and slings is not exceeded.
  • Gear, which is distorted, damaged or worn, MUST NEVER BEUSED.
  • Use hooks which have safety latches.
  • Do not allow twisting of chain legs, as this may turn the ring out of the hook.
  • If the load is over 1 tonne, uneven or flexible, it must be slung only by a certified dog man.
  • Make sure the outriggers are placed on stable, level and firm surfaces.
  • Never go beyond the specified safe load of the crane's load charts.
  • Never attempt lifting with a crane, if the wind speeds exceed the recommended speeds as listed in the operating manual of the manufacturer.
  • Be careful when using a lift and carry crane on a sloping ground. Side slope will drastically reduce the stability of a crane under load.
  • To reduce the risk of overturning, always carry the load as close to the ground as possible.
  • Wherever possible, carry the load on the 'uphill' side of the crane.
  • To prevent the load from swinging while being carried, always use tail ropes.
  • Always level the crane before any lifting.
  • Always add the mass of fittings, sheaves, etc. to the load being lifted.
  • For calculating the total mass that can be lifted safely, allow for mass of fitted fly jib.
  • Side deterioration charts must be referred.
  • Always travel up and down slopes, and never across.
  • Wherever possible, avoid going over bumps and holes.
  • Always use an observer to make sure that a safe approach distance is maintained.
  • When slinging loads and cables, make sure they do not come close to electric installation and wiring.
  • Only a competent and authorised person must carry out repairs to any load-bearing part of the crane, such as the winches, jibs, etc.
  • Inspection must be carried out by a certifying authority, before the crane is returned to service. Only approved parts and fittings must be used for load-bearing purposes.
  • Make sure that all new or repaired part complies with the manufacturer's specifications and instructions. Follow the requirements of any applicable standard.

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.