Rigging Safe Work Method Statement

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Rigging Safe Work Method Statement

Rigging Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)

Whether you need to start work on site, looking to make your workplace safer or going for a Local Council Tender, the Rigging (Sandblasting) Safe Work Method Statement is completely comprehensive, easy to use and easy to implement into your business.

Look, we understand the challenges that many business owners face, let alone having to understand complicated safety documentation written in a language that nobody understands. 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 Rigging 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. Rigging work that requires a license
  8. General safety precautions
  9. Rigging gear
  10. Movement of plant and equipment
  11. Steel erection
  12. Erection of hoists (including mast-climbing hoists)
  13. Placement of pre-cast concrete
  14. Installing of safety nets
  15. Installations of static lines.
  16. Erection of cantilevered crane-loading platforms
  17. On completion

The Rigging Safe Work Method Statement Includes

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

Your Rigging 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 Rigging 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 rigging project as needed, making sure that your Rigging SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Rigging 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 Rigging.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when rigging and ensure that:

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

Rigging Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Only a licensed person must be allowed to carry out all rigging work, except when the work is carried out during a training course towards a license and is executed under the supervision of a person holding the license for the work.
  • Make sure that the persons who are carrying out the rigging work are holding the appropriate current licenses for the work, or are in training for the work.
  • Provide all riggers and ensure they wear proper safety equipment and clothing. This must include (required by the JSA or workplace safety rules, etc.) protection for the eyes and head, safety footwear, gloves and high-visibility clothing.
  • Provide means of prevention or protection from risk of falls and safe access to or from all places from which a person could fall.
  • Wearing eye, head, hand and foot protection, and high-visibility clothing is essential.
  • Other PPE must be used as required in the workplace.
  • Provide fall arrest systems, suitable fall restraints or edge protection.
  • Make sure all hooks, chains and blocks conform to relevant standards.
  • Before use, check tackle, safety latches on hooks, and load chain guide.
  • Make sure that the winch is safe to hold the load by checking the anchorages and FSWR daily.
  • Inspect the unit fully every month, including the hoist rope.
  • The SWL of the beam must be displayed clearly and inspect the beam for distortion, wear and damage.
  • Check the shackles used for attachment and all attachment points of the equalising beams.
  • Inspect all sheaves including the FSWR of equalising sheaves daily for damages and wear.
  • Use only approved lifting jacks. Never use vehicle jacks for rigging work.
  • All checks must have their SWL marked on them. Never use a jack that does not have its SWL marked.
  • Always place jacks on timber packing and on a sound level surface.
  • Only approved lifting tackles must be used.
  • Never use damaged or faulty tackle.
  • Make sure the pawl is free and matches safely.
  • When using puller, never tie the pawl back.
  • Never use a damaged spreader beam.
  • Never use damaged equalising beams.
  • Never use a worn rope or sheave.
  • Never use trip lowering jacks.
  • When using jack, never exceed its SWL limit.
  • Stop the load from moving by using stays/guys.
  • Check the item to be moved and identify any loose or moving parts, and determine the lifting points and safe attachments. Refer shipping data or other authoritative sources to obtain the weight or use defined calculation methods.
  • Never lift a load whose weight is not known or it is impossible to calculate the load.
  • Refer SWP590 Dogging Work.
  • Allow only an Intermediate or Advanced Rigging license holder to carry out steel erection work, which involves multiple crane lifting operations or load-equalising gear.
  • Safe means of height access must be provided. These could be scaffolding, work platform or reach access machinery such as boom lift or scissor lift, etc. Licensing and competency must be checked.
  • When there is a risk of falling from heights, make sure fall restraints are used.
  • Restrict the access to risk areas, and secure loose items and tools to prevent them from falling.
  • During erection, make sure that all components are controlled and slung securely.
  • Until permanent stays or braces can be fitted and/or the building sheeted, stay the columns or portals as they are erected and attach temporary stays or braces.
  • If the guys are to be left on overnight, preferably use steel wire rope guys.
  • Do not allow persons to carry out rigging work if they are not licensed for it.
  • Ladders must be used for access only. Do not allow working from ladders or climbing on steel.
  • All restraints must be anchored to sound points.
  • Working platforms must have no loose items.
  • Before lifting, check all the attachments.
  • The end portal must always be provided with support.
  • Never remove the stays until it is safe to do so.
  • Never use fibre rope guys overnight.
  • Riding on the platform of a cantilevered materials only hoist, should only be allowed for certified persons for carrying out maintenance work, dismantling and erection.
  • Set up hoists only on solid stable bases such as on solid timber packing.
  • Level or base pack to level the area where a mast climber is to be used, before placing the mast.
  • Make sure all screw jacks and outriggers on mast climbers are in firm contact and are locked.
  • Do not allow any unauthorised person to ride a hoist.
  • Post No riding on hoist sign.
  • Never use blocks or bricks for a base.
  • Make sure that a hoist will not be erected over sewers or over underground pipes.
  • A Class RB rigger must not be allowed to carry out work involving tilt-up panels.
  • Lift beams by their ends. To avoid excessive sling angle, use a spreader beam.
  • Use only spreader beams properly designed by an engineer for the required length.
  • Prevent damages to beam ends by selecting the lifting gear and slings carefully.
  • Minimise the distance that the beam has to be moved. Lift only from close to the final position.
  • Store pre-cast facade panels in upright positions on frames.
  • Only approved lifting medium should be used, and make sure it is fully bolted to the facade panel.
  • Use a spreader beam to lift panels and to make sure there is a direct pull on the lifting inserts.
  • If an insert has pulled loose, never work under the panel to put slings around.
  • For lowering the panel into position, only one person must direct the crane operator.
  • Make sure the rigger holds a Class RI or a Class RA license.
  • Never lift pre-cast beams from their middle.
  • Keep slings close to vertical.
  • Never allow a beam to rotate when slung. This may cause the beam to fail.
  • The lifting inserts must be covered to keep them clean.
  • Before bolting, make sure the inserts are clean.
  • Never exceed 60-degree angle between the legs.
  • Before hoisting always check the lift.
  • Always lower the panel as slowly as possible.
  • Safety nets conforming to BSEN 1263 Safety Nets must only be used.
  • Check for deteriorations, damage or wear on the nets, and replace or repair as required.
  • Only a competent person must verify the strength of the supporting structures, the method of attachment, and the configuration of the net before the installation of the net.
  • If it is possible, assemble the net on an adjacent floor or on the ground, and lift the net into place.
  • Refer the net's label to install it at not beyond the maximum fall distance.
  • Never use any non-conforming safety nets.
  • Never use a net that is damaged or is faulty.
  • While the net is in use, provide written verification and retain the verification on the site.
  • Position the net to have access for a rescue.
  • Make sure all nets are attached securely.
  • Make sure the anchorages can support an imposed load of 4t(40kN).
  • Before installation, inspect all wire ropes. Never use any rope that is damaged, faulty or worn.
  • Static lines should be installed at a minimum height of 2.1m above the floor, but within reach of a user on the floor.
  • Use turnbuckles, creeper winches or wire pullers to tension the line before use.
  • Static lines should not be used with bulldog grips.  
  • Static lines must be positioned inside columns.
  • Use a minimum FSWR of 10 mm.
  • Edges or corners must be packed to protect the line.
  • Before use, remove the winches or pullers.
  • Static lined must not be used with lapped joints.
  • Before using the platform, make sure that all components such as gates, side panels, handrails, ties, props, connectors and bolts are intheir proper positions, and are tightened and secured.
  • Only a scaffolder must erect scaffolding components used as  platform needles.
  • Make sure signs for maximum load on  the platform are erected in clear view.
  • Make sure there are no gaps between site handrails extended to platforms.
  • Prevent unauthorised entry to areas where the platform is to be erected by placing barricades.
  • When working near unfenced perimeter, wear a safety harness and attach it to the static line.
  • Make sure all props are secured properly.
  • Scaffolder must be Intermediate (Class SI).
  • Use at least two signs.
  • After erection, replace the perimeter fencing and handrails immediately.
  • Never work without a harness near edges.

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.