Rigging Work (Basic) Safe Work Method Statement

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Rigging Work (Basic) Safe Work Method Statement

Rigging Work (Basic) 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 Rigging Work (Basic) 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 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 Work (Basic) 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 Work (Basic) Safe Work Method Statement Includes

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

Your Rigging Work (Basic) 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 Work (Basic) 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 work (basic) project as needed, making sure that your Rigging Work (Basic) SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

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

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

  • Details of the person(s) responsible for making sure implementation, monitoring and compliance of the Rigging Work (Basic) SWMS as well as any reviews and modifications.
  • Any information detailing safety meetings or toolbox talks in relation to rigging work (basic) work, scheduled in accordance with legislative requirements to first identify any site hazards where the rigging work (basic) 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 (basic) work being done.
  • Any changes added to the Rigging Work (Basic) SWMS after an incident or a near miss.

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

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

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

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

Your Rigging Work (Basic) 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 Work (Basic) SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Rigging Work (Basic) SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to rigging work (basic) 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 Work (Basic) and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

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

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

When preparing your Rigging Work (Basic) 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 Work (Basic).

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

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

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

Rigging Work (Basic) Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Allow only a licensed person to carry out rigging work except where the work is carried out in the course of training towards a licence and under the supervision of a person who holds a licence for the work.
  • Persons not holding (or are in training for) the appropriate licence must not carry out rigging work.
  • Provide riggers with and ensure they are wearing appropriate safety equipment and clothing, including (as required by workplace safety rules or JSA, etc.). Head protection is necessary, eye protection is necessary, gloves, safety footwear, and high visibility clothing is necessary use other PPE as required in workplace.
  • Provide safe access to or from and means of prevention of or protection is necessary from risk of falls at all places from where a person could fall providing edge protection is necessary, or provide suitable fall restraint or fall arrest systems.
  • Make sure that blocks, hooks and chain are compliant with relevant Standards use only approved lifting tackle.
  • Inspect all tackles before use, including safety latches on hooks, and load chain guide never use damaged or faulty tackle.
  • Inspect all FSWR and anchorages daily to make sure that winch is safe to hold the load make sure pawl is free and latches safely.
  • Carry out full inspection of unit (including hoist rope)monthly never tie pawl back when using puller.
  • Check for damage, wearing and distortion, and that SWL of beam is clearly displayed never use damaged spreader beam.
  • Inspect all the attachment points of equalising beams and shackles used for attachment never use damaged equalising beam.
  • Inspect all the sheave and FSWR of equalising sheaves daily for wearing and damage never use if sheave or rope is worn.
  • Use only approved lifting jacks never use vehicle jacks for rigging work and never use trip lowering jacks.
  • SWL must be marked on jacks never use jacks that do not have SWL marked and never exceed SWL when using jacks.
  • Make sure that jacks are placed on timber packing on a sound level surface use guys/stays to stop load moving.
  • Inspect all the items to be moved to identify loose or moving parts, and to determine safe attachment and lifting points obtain the weight of items from shipping data or other authoritative source, or calculate weight using defined calculation methods.
  • Never lift load if weight is unknown or it is not possible to calculate the load refer SWP5 90 Dogging Work.
  • Steel erection work involving multiple crane lifting operations or load-equalising gear must be carried out by an Intermediate orAdvanced Rigging licence holder persons must not carry out rigging work for which they are not licensed.
  • Provide safe means of height access (work platforms, scaffolding, reach access machinery (scissor lift, boom lift, etc.). (Check licensing and competency). Do not allow climbing on steel or working from ladders use ladders for access only.
  • Make sure that fall restraint is used when a risk of falling from heights is present always attach restraint to a sound anchor point.
  • Secure tools and loose items to prevent falling, and restrict access to risk areas there must be no loose items on working platforms.
  • Make sure that all components are securely slung and controlled during erection always check attachments before lifting.
  • Stay columns or portals as they are erected, and attach temporary braces or stays until permanent braces or stays are fitted and/or building is sheeted. Always provide support for end portal. Never remove stays until safe to do so.
  • Use steel wire rope guys for staying if guys are to be left on overnight never use fibre rope guys overnight.
  • No person other than certificated persons carrying out erection, dismantling and maintenance work may ride on the platform of a cantilevered materials only hoist do not allow any unauthorised persons to ride hoist. Always post a No riding on hoist sign.
  • Hoists must be set up on solid stable base such as solid timber packing never use bricks or blocks for base.
  • Area where mast climber must be level or base packed to level before mast placed.
  • Outriggers and screw jacks on mast climbers must be in firm contact and locked.
  • Make sure that hoist will not be erected over underground pipes or sewers.
  • Work involving tilt-up panels cannot be carried out by a Class RB rigger rigger must hold Class RI or RA licence.
  • Beams should be lifted by ends use spreader beam to avoid excessive sling angle do not lift pre-cast beam in middle.
  • Spreader beams should be properly designed by an engineer to the length required slings should preferably be kept close to vertical.
  • Select slings and lifting gear with care to prevent damage to beam edges.
  • Minimise distance that beams must be moved lift from close to final position. Never allow beam to rotate when slung as this may cause beam to fail.
  • Pre-cast facade panels should be stored upright on frames always cover lifting inserts to keep clean.
  • Use only approved lifting media, and make sure that it is fully bolted to facade panel make sure inserts are clean before bolting.
  • Lift panels with a spreader beam to make sure direct pull on lifting inserts never exceed 60 degree angle between legs.
  • Do not work under the panel to put slings around it if an insert pulls loose always check lift before hoisting.
  • Only one person is to direct the crane operator when lowering panel into position always lower the panel as slowly as possible.
  • Use only approved safety nets conforming to BSEN 1263 Safety nets never use non-conforming safety net.
  • Inspect all the nets for evidence of wear, damage or deterioration, and repair or replace promptly never use net if faulty or damaged.
  • Allow only a competent person to configure net, and verify method of attachment and strength of supporting structures before installation of net provide written verification that must be retained on site while net is in use.
  • If possible, assemble net on ground or adjacent floor and lift net into place position net to allow access for rescue.
  • Install net no lower than maximum fall distance stated on the net’s label make sure nets are attached securely.
  • Make sure that anchorages are capable of supporting imposed load of 4 t (40kN) position static line inside columns.
  • Inspect all the wire rope before installation Never use worn, damaged or faulty rope. Use a minimum of 10mm FSWR.
  • Install static line 2.1 m (min) above floor but within reach of user on floor always pack corners or edges to protect line.
  • Tension line before use by use of turnbuckles, wire pullers or creeper winches always remove pullers or winches before use.
  • Never use bulldog grips on static lines use 3 double saddle clamps to secure. Never use lapped joins on static lines.
  • Make sure that all components (bolts, connectors, props, ties, handrails, side panels and gates) are in proper position, tightened and secured before using platform.
  • Make sure that props are properly secured at top and base to prevent movement.
  • Scaffold components used as platform needles must be erected by scaffolder. Intermediate scaffolder (Class SI).
  • Make sure signs stating maximum loads on platform are erected in clear view minimum of 2 signs required.
  • Make sure that site handrails are extended to platform with no gaps between them.
  • Barricade area where platform is to be erected to prevent unauthorised entry replace perimeter fencing and handrails immediately after erection.
  • Wear safety harness attached to static line when working near unfenced perimeter never work near edge without harness.

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.