Pavement Breaker Safe Work Method Statement

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Pavement Breaker Safe Work Method Statement

Pavement Breaker Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)

Whether you need to get on site to start work, looking to create a safe work environment or pitching that next Government Tender, the Pavement Breaker Safe Work Method Statement is easy to customise, easy to use and easily integrates into your current Safety Management System (if you have one! If not, we need to talk, seriously. Don't take that sort of risk - we can help).

Look, we understand business can be hard enough as it is without all the red tape, often written in language only a martian would understand. That's why every Safe Work Method Statement Template is written in an easy to understand format, while at the same time being some of the highest quality in the industry. Our SWMS documents get you on site, save you loads of time and are easy to use. This way, you can get on with doing what you do best.


The Pavement Breaker 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. Pneumatic types
  9. Electrictypes
  10. Internal combustion (I/C) types
  11. On completion

The Pavement Breaker Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Pavement Breaker 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.

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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 Pavement Breaker 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 pavement breaker project as needed, making sure that your Pavement Breaker SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Pavement Breaker SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own pavement breaker SWMS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Pavement Breaker 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 Pavement Breaker.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with pavement baker and ensure that:

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

Pavement Breaker Training and Worker Qualifications 

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

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

  • Inspect the tool for loose or broken parts make sure connections are in good order.
  • Pavement breakers are generally in the range of 20kg to over 40 kg, and care is required when using to avoid lower back strain and soft tissue damage ensure proper lifting procedures are followed.
  • Ensure recommended lifting procedures are followed when using breakers keep back as straight as possible, flex knees and use legs to lift breaker use load balancer if possible, to reduce weight of lift.
  • Avoid jamming drill by having good supply of sharp drills on hand never use dull drills.
  • Breakers, especially pneumatic andI/C, can generate harmful noise levels wearing hearing protection is necessary.
  • Percussive action creates high vibration levels for person holding the unit wearing leather gloves is necessary.
  • Breaker will drop suddenly if drill breaks while being used wearing foot protection is necessary.
  • Make sure that drill lock is firmly in position to prevent drill falling out of tool.
  • Air hose will present trip hazard keep away from work areas keep hoses away from traffic areas.
  • Use clips to prevent air hoses disconnecting whilst under pressure always check connectors for wear.
  • Use silenced breakers where possible to reduce noise levels wearing hearing protection is necessary.
  • Exhaust air will blow dust and grit into air, hazard to eyes and lungs wearing eye protection and P1 particulate dust mask is necessary, if dust is a problem.
  • Make sure that compressed air source is able to provide adequate air tools.
  • If more than one tool is being used, make sure that compressor has sufficient air capacity and pressure to power all tools used turn off air tap if not in use.
  • Drain water trap regularly and keep oiler topped up only use recommended oil in oilers.
  • Safety switch must be used when using electric power tools never use without safety switch.
  • Tool must be within current electrical inspection period.
  • Inspect all the casing, lead and plug for evidence of wear or damage before use always unplug machine to clean or carry out maintenance.
  • Other types of tools should be preferred for use in wet conditions.
  • Two stoke and petrol motors will generate large quantities of toxic exhaust gas, making these machines unsuitable for use in enclosed or confined spaces and deep excavations and trenches use in well-ventilated area, or provide forced ventilation.
  • Supply air respirator for use in enclosed areas.
  • Motor will create high noise levels in confined spaces and enclosed areas wearing hearing protection is necessary.
  • Allow tool to cool before refilling fuel tank avoid spilling fuel.

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.