Motor Grader Safe Work Method Statement

Motor Grader Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS Template) delivered in Microsoft Word format for easy editing.

Motor Grader Safe Work Method Statement

Motor Grader 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 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, 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 Motor Grader 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. General precautions
  8. Pre-start checks
  9. Start-up procedures
  10. Operation
  11. Shut-down procedures
  12. Cleaning of machine
  13. Maintenance
  14. On completion

The Motor Grader Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Motor Grader 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. Park the machine on a level service.
  2. Lower the blade and any attachments to the ground.
  3. Lock up the machine if you are shutting it down for the day.

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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 Motor Grader 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 motor grader project as needed, making sure that your Motor Grader SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Motor Grader SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own motor grader SWMS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Motor Grader 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 Motor Grader.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with motor grade and ensure that: 

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

Motor Grader Training and Worker Qualifications 

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

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

  • Persons operating plant on sites must be wearing PPE as required on site  wearing foot protection is necessary.
  • Persons working near plant or vehicles must be wearing Hi-visibility garments  wearing hi-visibility vest or shirt is necessary.
  • Use orange flashing lamp and reversing beeper to warn of hazard from plant.
  • Check all fluid levels, including oils, water, hydraulics and battery fluid wearing eye and hand protection is necessary.
  • Carry out operating check of all lights, flashers and warning signals wearing hand protection is necessary when handling rough or sharp objects.
  • Check all tyres for proper pressure, wear or damage to tread or casings.
  • Check all parts for loose or missing bolts, screws or fasteners wearing eye and hand protection is necessary.
  • Check condition of mouldboard blade, and ripper tines.
  • Inspect all the hydraulic hoses, rams, etc., for leaks or damage.
  • Always follow manufacturer’s start-up procedures to avoid damage never use without guards.
  • Make sure that all safeguards and covers are fitted properly and closed always keep steps and footwear clean.
  • Make sure that steps and ladders are clean and in good condition never carry objects in hands when entering or leaving cabin.
  • Always maintain three points of body contact when entering or leaving cabin.
  • Adjust seat to suit operator stature, and adjust and fasten seat belt.
  • Check that all controls are in neutral position when starting.
  • Check condition of, and adjust mirrors to provide good rear and side vision.
  • Make sure that park brake is engaged, and transmission is in neutral.
  • Recheck hydraulic fluid and transmission levels after warmup.
  • Allow engine to warm up at low idle for specified time (at least 5 mins.), and cycle all controls to allow warm oil to circulate through entire system.
  • Raise all lowered implements, and make sure all personnel are away from machine before moving.
  • Test operation of steering, brakes, transmission, and blade/ripper functions.
  • Depress service brake, engage transmission, and release park brake.
  • Move transmission to desired direction and gear, and move off smoothly.
  • Do not operate machine outside of manufacturer’s recommendations always refer to operator’s manual.
  • Always select lower gear to travel downhill to utilise engine braking do not rely solely on service brake.
  • Utilise front wheel tilt to stabilise machine when grading on a slope do not grade on slope greater than specified in operator’s manuals.
  • Always ground mouldboard when changing pin position on link bar.
  • Check terrain and area being graded for rocks, stumps or other obstacles that could cause machine to stop suddenly when grading or ripping select lower speed when operating on rough or stony ground.
  • Use flashing light to warn others of presence when operating near other machinery, persons, or in proximity to traffic on roadways, etc.
  • Make sure that sufficient space is available when executing turns in traffic.
  • Allow machine to idle down to reduce temperatures before shutting down always avoid sudden engine shutdown.
  • Apply park brake, disengage transmission, lower all implements to ground and place all controls in neutral before stopping engine always lower implements before parking or shutting machine down.
  • Turn off all lights and turn battery disconnect (if fitted) to off position.
  • Do not attempt to clean moving parts of grader when engine is running.
  • Use suitable tool or implement to remove dirt build up from ring gear, link bar, and other moving parts of grader wearing eye and hand protection is necessary when cleaning, handling rough or sharp objects, and when using high-pressure cleaners.
  • Make sure that filler caps and electrical panels are closed and all parts are covered before using high pressure water cleaners to degrease or wash down.
  • Make sure that machine is shut down and hydraulic pressure is released before carrying out work on implements or mountings prevent movement of machine or parts when being worked on.
  • Make sure that parts are blocked or supported to prevent accidental movement before removing mounting bolts, pins, etc.  do not work on or under an unsupported blade or parts.
  • Be careful when lifting or moving heavy parts, or using large tools ensure proper lifting and manual handling procedures are followed.
  • Obtain assistance or use mechanical aids to lift or move heavy loads.
  • Protect skin and eyes from touching lubricants, cleaners, acid, etc.  wearing eye and hand protection is necessary.

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.