Scissor Lift Safe Work Method Statement

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Scissor Lift Safe Work Method Statement

Scissor Lift 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 Scissor Lift 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 Scissor Lift 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. Pre-start checks
  8. Travel
  9. Security of worksite
  10. Working at heights
  11. On completion

The Scissor Lift Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Scissor Lift 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.

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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 Scissor Lift 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 scissor lift project as needed, making sure that your Scissor Lift SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Scissor Lift 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 Scissor Lift. 

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working on scissor lift and ensure that:

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

Scissor Lift Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Before the scissor lift is used for working at any height, make sure the batteries are fully charged.
  • Before operations, inspect the levels of all liquids such as hydraulic oil, coolant, oil, fuel, etc.
  • Before commencing use of the lift, inspect all controls for proper functioning.
  • Before commencing use, inspect all movements and make sure they are steady and smooth.
  • Inspect the operation of outriggers, stops, brakes, etc. to make sure the unit remains immovable when the platform is extended.
  • Make sure that the gate/s and guard fence is able to close securely.
  • Never use if the battery charge is low.
  • Recharge the batteries before use.
  • If the liquid levels are low, top up their levels.
  • Never use a faulty equipment.
  • Never use if the movements are jerky.
  • Never use the unit if the stops or brakes are unable to prevent all movement of the unit.
  • Inspect the operation of the gate latch.
  • Move at low speed when traversing areas where the visibility is restricted, such as blind corners, on rough surfaces or when traversing corners.
  • For moving even short distances, lower the platform.
  • When travelling, make sure the body is kept fully within the confines of the platform.
  • Always use safe speed when travelling.
  • Never travel when the platform is raised.
  • When travelling, make sure the gates of the cage remain closed.
  • To prevent collision of scissor lift with any other vehicle or plant working in the vicinity, use signs, traffic cones and barricades.
  • Do not allow access to persons in the vicinity of scissor lift when the platform is raised.
  • An assistant or observer on the ground must take precautions against falling objects.
  • The work area must be protected with barriers.
  • Wearing high-visibility garments is recommended.
  • Prevent unauthorised entry.
  • Wearing head precaution is recommended.
  • Before raising the platform, make sure the unit is on a level surface. If working on uneven surfaces, level the unit with outriggers.
  • Make sure that the gates on the platform guard rails are closed and are locked in place.
  • When working at heights, never reach out beyond the confines of the platform.
  • If the unit is raised, never rock the unit.
  • Be careful when working close to overhead structures, ceilings or roofs.
  • Always keep a safe distance from overhead electrical installations and catenary wires. Alternately, isolate the services and have them locked out before starting work in the vicinity.
  • Before starting to raise, make sure that the unit is parked on a firm and stable surface.
  • Never open the gates when the platform is elevated.
  • Always wear a harness or a safety belt.
  • Always avoid any jerky or sudden movements.
  • Always wear head protection. Before commencing work, always identify the electrical hazards.

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.