Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner Safe Work Method Statement

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Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner Safe Work Method Statement

Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner 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 Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner 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 Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner 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-use checks
  8. General precautions
  9. Precautions for use
  10. On completion

The Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner 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 Spagnolo Multi-RotaryHead Pruner 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 spagnolo multi-rotary head pruner project as needed, making sure that your Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks. 

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own spagnolo multi-rotary head pruner SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner SWMS such as:

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

Note: The Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the spagnolo multi-rotary head pruner work is completed. Where the Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner SWMS is revised, all versions of the SWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner Safe Work Method Statement, the Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident.

Your Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as:

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

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

Your Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner 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 Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to spagnolo multi-rotary head pruner work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

When the Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the spagnolo multi-rotary head pruner work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner 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 Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the spagnolo multi-rotary head pruner work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner SWMS.

When preparing your Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner 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 Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner.

When writing your Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner SWMS, establish any policies, procedures and systems for working with Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner in consultation with the Principal Contractor and workers while being sure to establish: 

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when using spagnolo multi-rotary head pruner and ensure that:

  1. A risk assessment of the spagnolo multi-rotary head pruner work is conducted
  2. Suitable access and adequate space to conduct spagnolo multi-rotary head pruner work safely
  3. Consult with all stakeholders on potential hazards and risks when conducting spagnolo multi-rotary head pruner work
  4. Consultation with all relevant workers and personnel for Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner SWMS details
  5. If conducting Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner at night, ensure there is adequate lighting
  6. Check that the work environment is suitable for spagnolo multi-rotary head pruner work

Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner Training and WorkerQualifications

Ensure all workers have the appropriate licenses in conducting Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner as well as any qualifications that may be required for various spagnolo multi-rotary head pruner 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 Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner SWMS including all safety and emergency procedures.
  2. Be qualified, knowledgeable and competent in Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner operations and spagnolo multi-rotary head pruner work as well as all delegated tasks/responsibilities
  3. Be fully aware and understand the scope of work in relation to the Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner SWMS

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Spagnolo Multi-Rotary Head Pruner Safe Work Method Statement Template:

  • Verify that horn, brakes, reflectors, lights & mirrors are all in working order prior to starting replace or rectify faulty parts immediately.
  • Refuel only in a well-ventilated area do not allow smoking when refuelling.
  • Inspect all the wheel nuts are secure and that tyres are properly inflated always reduce speed when turning.
  • Drive only at a safe speed where you have full control at all times Always descend slopes in low gear only.
  • Never exceed a speed of 5 -10 km ph depending on the conditions.
  • Inspect hydraulic system before starting (oil level). Top up with proper oil wearing eye and hand protection is necessary.
  • Inspect hoses, rams and fittings after starting for leaks. Do not touch hydraulic oil under pressure never use faulty equipment.
  • Never remove power pack lid under any circumstances wearing PVC or heavy-duty gloves is necessary.
  • Always disengage drive to hydraulic pump and set controls to OFF position before commencing work on attachment never work on machinery if it can be set in motion.
  • Ensure the foliage wire cages are free of any debris at all times wearing eye & hand protection is necessary.
  • Make sure that all blades are in good working condition and that all nuts and bolts are secure check all bolts and blade screws daily.
  • Make sure that all guards are in place before operating machine never remove guards before or during operation.
  • Never touch sharp edges when changing or adjusting blades wearing cut-resistant gloves is necessary.
  • Obtain assistance to remove or replace components, when necessary, ensure proper handling practices are followed.
  • Make sure that all switches in the pruner control panel are in the OFF position before starting tractor always sound the horn before starting.
  • Keep people well away from machinery whilst in operation keep persons away from work areas.
  • Always erect warning signs around boundaries of work site before starting pruning.
  • Hearing protection is necessary and may be required if not working in enclosed cabin wearing eye & hearing protection is necessary if operating without enclosed cabin.
  • If cutting blades jam, seize or malfunction, remain at controls and immediately turn hydraulic control to NEUTRAL, then place control into REVERSE to dislodge the obstruction. If this fails to remove the obstruction, completely turn the machine off and manually remove the object with a suitable implement never attempt top clear jams when machine is running.
  • Wearing eye and hand protection is necessary when removing obstruction.
  • Use suitable footwear to maintain a good grip on steps and ladders wearing industrial footwear is necessary.
  • Exit the machine only when it is in Neutral or park and the hand brake is on.
  • Regularly perform maintenance and service checks as outlined in operator’s manual.
  • Always de-power all hydraulics before re-configuring the head set-up.
  • Always lower the operating heads to the ground before changing cutting blade.
  • Use only the cap screws and blades supplied by the manufacturer.
  • Make sure that all bolts and blade screws are securely tightened before returning machine to service.
  • Make sure that the head and blade configuration being used does not exceed the minimum clearances heights of overhead electric wires in the work area be careful when moving machine near or under power lines.
  • Use hazard warning lamps and signs as required by local road authority when transporting the pruner on public roads never exceed safe speed of 5 -10 km ph depending on road conditions.
  • Always lower and centre attachments for stability when travelling.
  • Make sure that machine is securely anchored to the vehicle when transporting by truck check all parts of machine after transporting and before use.
  • Always follow safe procedures for loading and unloading machine from truck.

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.