Movement Of Loads Safe Work Method Statement

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Movement Of Loads Safe Work Method Statement

Movement Of Loads 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 Movement of Loads 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 Movement Of Loads 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. Manual handling
  8. Hand truck / barrow
  9. Trolley
  10. Pallets
  11. Pallet jack
  12. Conveyor
  13. Pallet stacker
  14. Forklifts
  15. Gantry crane
  16. Travelling over head crane
  17. On completion

The Movement Of Loads Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Movement Of Loads 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. Lift and carry heavy loads correctly by keeping the load close to the body and lifting with the thigh muscles.
  2. Pushing a load (using your body weight to assist) is safer on your body than pulling a load.
  3. Never attempt to lift or carry loads if you think they are too heavy.

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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 Movement Of Loads 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 movement of loads project as needed, making sure that your Movement Of Loads SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Movement Of Loads SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own movement of loads SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Movement Of Loads SWMS such as:

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

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

Your Movement Of Loads Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

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

Your Movement Of Loads Safe Work Method Statement should also identify any high-risk machinery or equipment in operation near the worksite, such as:

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

When the Movement Of Loads SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the movement of loads work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Movement Of Loads 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 Movement Of Loads SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the movement of loads work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Movement Of Loads SWMS.

When preparing your Movement Of Loads 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 Movement Of Loads.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with movement of loads and ensure that:

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

Movement Of Loads Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Ensure proper manual handling procedures are followed at all times get close to load, keep back straight, use legs to lift load.
  • Obtain assistance when moving long, awkward or heavy items always use proper team lifting methods.
  • When moving loads over long distances choose mechanical means.
  • Be careful when moving rough, sharp, hot, cold, wet or slippery loads wearing suitable gloves is necessary for grip.
  • Risk to feet exists from items falling or dropped whilst being carried wearing Type 1 footwear protection is necessary.
  • Be careful when removing hand truck from storage, and when loading items on to hand truck ensure proper manual handling procedures are followed.
  • Use legs and body weight to move hand truck.
  • Never exceed working load limit of the hand truck never overload hand truck.
  • Make sure that pneumatic tyres are inflated to proper pressure.
  • Be careful not to tip load when traversing rough or uneven surfaces.
  • Chock or restrain trolley to prevent movement when loading or unloading.
  • Be careful when loading or unloading items from trolley ensure proper manual handling procedures are followed.
  • Avoid reaching into cage or box on trolley to load or unload items.
  • Use legs and body weight to move trolley never overload trolley.
  • Never use trolley over rough or uneven surfaces.
  • Be careful when moving and handling pallets obtain assistance with large or extremely heavy pallets, and when working in restricted work areas.
  • Ensure proper manual handling procedures are followed.
  • Never use broken or damaged pallets. Rectify any protruding nails wearing hand protection is necessary.
  • Make sure that pallets are away from all products and packing material before stacking make sure that pallets are stacked in line on a level, even surface.
  • Never place a greater load on a pallet than it was built to carry.
  • Make sure that jack controls operate properly.
  • Pallets must not be loaded in excess of the working load limit of the unit never overload pallet jack.
  • Use legs and body weight to move pallet jack ensure proper manual handling procedures are followed.
  • Never use pallet jack over rough or uneven surfaces.
  • Check oil level and seals if pallet jack does not remain at height under load.
  • Be careful when loading or unloading items onto conveyor ensure proper manual handling procedures are followed.
  • Use legs and body weight to push items along non-powered conveyors.
  • Fit all motorised conveyors with an emergency stop system clearly label all emergency stops and pull cords.
  • Never climb on or over conveyors walk around to other side, or provide lift-up section in non-powered conveyors, or use cross-over.
  • Do not load pallets in excess of the working load limit of the unit never overload pallet stacker.
  • Use legs and body weight to move pallet jack (non -powered types) ensure proper manual handling procedures are followed.
  • Never use pallet stacker over rough or uneven surfaces.
  • Be careful when manoeuvring unit in limited space situations.
  • Pallets must be loaded properly and bound if loose items may fall always use pallet cages to transport small loose objects.
  • Reduce speed when cornering or crossing rough or uneven surfaces.
  • Be careful when working in areas where other traffic or pedestrians may be encountered wearing high-visibility garments is necessary.
  • Always refer to the working load limit (WWL) of the gantry that must be clearly displayed on or adjacent to the gantry never overload gantry or lifting equipment.
  • Clearly identify and label all controls on pendants or remote controllers with both the function and the direction that the button or switch controls never swing suspended loads over any person.
  • Allow a competent person to inspect all lifting attachments and equipment before each shift (or each use if used less frequently) never use faulty or untested equipment.
  • A competent person who has been trained in its operation can operate a pendant operated or remote-controlled bridge crane having no more than three powered operations.
  • Cranes with additional operations, or operated from a cabin mounted on the crane must only be operated by a certificated crane operator allow only authorised persons to operate travelling overhead cranes.
  • Always refer to the working load limit (WWL) of the crane that must be clearly displayed on or adjacent to the crane never overload gantry or lifting equipment.
  • Clearly identify the controls on pendants or remote controllers with both the function and the direction that the button or switch controls never swing suspended loads over any person.
  • Clearly display control directions on the underside of the crane.
  • Allow a competent person to inspect all lifting attachments and equipment before each shift (or each use if used less frequently) never use faulty or untested equipment.

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.