Scraper Safe Work Method Statement

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Scraper Safe Work Method Statement

Scraper 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 Scraper (Sandblasting) Safe Work Method Statement is completely comprehensive, easy to use and easy to implement into your business.

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 Scraper 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. Specific precautions
  9. Pre-start checks
  10. Start-up procedures
  11. Operation
  12. Shut-down procedures
  13. Cleaning of machine
  14. Maintenance
  15. On completion

The Scraper Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Forklift
  • Crane
  • Hoist
  • Scraper
  • Backhoe
  • Loader
  • Boom Lift
  • Elevated Work Platform (EWP)
  • Genie Lift
  • Trencher
  • Drilling Rig
  • Trucks
  • Formwork
  • Bobcat
  • Flammable Gas
  • Fuel
  • Dozer
  • High Voltage
  • Mulcher
  • Tilt-up Panels
  • Roller
  • Scissor Lift
  • Tractor 

Your Scraper SWMS should also list any Personal Protective Equipment such as:

  • Foot Protection - Boots or closed in shoes
  • Hand Protectiglazinon - 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 Scraper SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Scraper SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to scraper work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers(including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Scraper and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

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

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

When preparing your Scraper 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 Scraper. 

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

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

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

Scraper Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Plant operators on sites must wearing PPE as required onsite wearing foot protection is necessary.
  • Persons working near plant or vehicles must be wearingHi-vis garments - wearing hi-visibility vest or shirt is necessary.
  • Always use orange flashing lamp and reversing beeper to warn of hazard from plant.
  • Highlight all the pinch points and nip points with appropriate warning signs posted advising of danger make sure other persons areaway from machine before operating.
  • Always sound warning to advise others of intention to operate vehicle.
  • Location of hitch link always has limited clearance. Hitch and steering movement can reduce clearances suddenly and cause personal injury always stop engine before servicing.
  • Never jump start at battery. Use remote starting receptacle or jump start to + battery post.
  • Battery access is limited. Jump starting at the battery or improper jumper cable connections at the starter can result in battery explosion.
  • Suspension may collapses when control is moved to Lock Down or engine is shut off thereby reducing clearances between frame and axle components.
  • Stand clear with engine running to prevent personal injury.
  • Check all fluid levels, including oils, water, hydraulics and battery fluids wearing eye and hand protection is necessary.
  • Carry out operational check of all lights, flashers and warning signals.
  • Check all tyres for proper pressure, wearing or damage to tread or casings.
  • Check all parts for loose or missing bolts, screws or fasteners.
  • Visually check condition of chassis, body and suspension components wearing hand protection is necessary when handling rough or sharp objects.
  • Inspect all the wire winch ropes and replace if frayed, kinked or damaged.
  • Inspect all the hydraulic hoses, rams, etc., for leaks or damage wearing eye and hand protection is necessary.
  • Ensure all personnel are away from machine before starting make sure that reversing beeper is working.
  • Always follow manufacturer’s start-up procedures to avoid damage never use without guards.
  • Make sure that all safeguards and covers are fitted properly and closed always keep steps and footwear clean.
  • Make sure that steps and ladders are clean and in good condition.
  • Always maintain 3 points of body contact when entering or leaving cabin never carry objects in hands when entering or leaving cabin.
  • Adjust seat to suit operator stature and adjust and fasten seat belt.
  • Check condition of and adjust mirrors to provide good rear and side vision.
  • Check that all controls are in °∞neutral°± position when starting.
  • Make sure that park brake is engaged and transmission is in neutral.
  • Recheck hydraulic fluid and transmission levels after warmup.
  • Allow engine to warm up at low idle for specified time (at least 5 minutes), and cycle all controls to allow warm oil to circulate through entire system.
  • Always test operation of steering, brakes, transmission and scraper bowl functions.
  • Raise bowl, and make sure all personnel are away from machine before moving.
  • Depress service brake, engage transmission and release park brake.
  • Move transmission to desired direction and gear and move off smoothly.
  • Make sure that flashing lights, warning signals, reversing beepers, etc., are in operating order and clearly visible and audible before operating scraper operate machine slowly in open area to check proper operation of all controls and safety devices.
  • Check that all persons and vehicles are away from scraper before moving off.
  • Limit speed on unmade terrain and haul roads to avoid loss of control never overload machine in excess of rated load capacity.
  • Carry bowl approx. 40 cm above ground level when travelling.
  • Avoid travel over rough terrain and depressions that could tilt machine always be aware of conditions or obstructions that may affect the stability of the machine.
  • Avoid operating across slopes. If machine begins to sideslip on a grade, immediately remove load and turn machine downhill.
  • Keep safe distance from edge of roads and excavations, pits, etc. be careful of soft or loose ground.
  • Make sure that all persons are away from machine before manoeuvring always keep other persons clear.
  • Do not straddle or allow other persons to straddle a wire rope keep away from wire rope.
  • Allow machine to idle down to reduce temperatures before shutting down avoid sudden engine shutdown.
  • Apply park brake, disengage transmission, and lower all implements to ground and place all controls in neutral before stopping engine always lower implements before parking or shutting machine down.
  • Turn off all lights, and turn battery disconnect (if fitted) to off position.
  • Do not attempt to clean moving parts of grader when engine is running.
  • Use suitable tool or implement to remove dirt build up from ring gear, link bar and other moving parts of grader.
  • Wearing eye and hand protection is necessary when cleaning, handling rough or sharp objects and when using high-pressure cleaners.
  • Make sure that filler caps and electrical panels are closed and parts covered before using high pressure water cleaners to degrease or wash down.
  • Make sure that machine is shut down and hydraulic pressure released before carrying out work on implements or mountings prevent movement of machine or parts when being worked on.
  • Make sure that parts are blocked or supported to prevent accidental movement before removing mounting bolts, pins, etc. do not work on or under an unsupported blade or parts.
  • Always follow safety precautions when working on accumulator cylinders or brake actuator spring mechanism ensure proper lifting and manual handling procedures are followed.
  • Obtain assistance or use mechanical aids to lift or move heavy loads.
  • Protect skin and eyes from touching lubricants, cleaners, acid, etc. wearing eye and hand protection is necessary.

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.