Tow Truck – Tilt Tray Safe Work Method Statement

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Tow Truck – Tilt Tray Safe Work Method Statement

Tow Truck – Tilt Tray Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)

Looking to start work on site? Or maybe you're just looking to make your workplace safer, or possibly you're going for that next Government Tender - Either way, the Tow Truck – Tilt Tray Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is comprehensive, easy to understand and is designed to be implemented into your business with as little fuss as possible.

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 Tow Truck – Tilt Tray 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. Site safety
  8. Loading
  9. Unloading
  10. Cleaning and maintenance
  11. On completion

The Tow Truck – Tilt Tray Safe Work Method Statement  Includes


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

Your Tow Truck – Tilt Tray Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) 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 Tow Truck – Tilt Tray 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 tow truck – tilt tray project as needed, making sure that your Tow Truck – Tilt Tray SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Tow Truck – Tilt Tray SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own tow truck – tilt tray SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Tow Truck – Tilt Tray SWMS such as:

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

Note: The Tow Truck – Tilt Tray SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the tow truck – tilt tray work is completed. Where the Tow Truck – Tilt Tray SWMS is revised, all versions of theSWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the Tow Truck – Tilt Tray Safe Work Method Statement, the Tow Truck – Tilt Tray SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident.

Your Tow Truck – Tilt Tray Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as:

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

Your Tow Truck – Tilt Tray Safe Work Method Statement should also identify any high-risk machinery or equipment in operation near the worksite, such as:

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

When the Tow Truck – Tilt Tray SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the tow truck – tilt tray work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Tow Truck – Tilt Tray 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 Tow Truck –Tilt Tray SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the tow truck – tilt tray work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Tow Truck – Tilt Tray SWMS.

When preparing your Tow Truck – Tilt Tray 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 TowTruck – Tilt Tray.

When writing your Tow Truck – Tilt Tray SWMS, establish any policies, procedures and systems for working with Tow Truck – Tilt Tray in consultation with the Principal Contractor and workers while being sure to establish. 

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

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

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

Tow Truck – Tilt Tray Training and Worker Qualifications

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

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Tow Truck –Tilt Tray Safe Work Method Statement Template: 

  • Ensure assistants and operators are wearing gloves for handling slings and cables and wearing high-visibility garments and suitable protective footwear.
  • When entering, climbing onto or leaving the vehicle, always maintain three points of contact.
  • Ensure adequate clearance below awnings, building eaves, tree branches and overhead power lines, in the area where loading will take place.
  • Ensure there are no persons at any time behind the truck.
  • Wearing foot and hand protection is recommended.
  • Wearing high-visibility garments is recommended.
  • Never jump from tray or cabin of truck.
  • Be careful of overhead obstacles,
  • If there is a risk of contact, use a spotter.
  • Risk of injury to persons
  • For loading, always apply park brake after placing vehicle in correct position.
  • The winch cable must be extended to beyond the end of the tray of the truck.
  • The tilt control must be activated until the end of the tilt-tray touches the ground.
  • Attach the ends of cables to the towing points on unit and secure the cable ends.
  • Preferably, use two-legged chain sling rather than single point connection to attach to two towing points.
  • Check all slings and cables, and operate the winch to take up the slack in the cables.
  • For unit to be loaded, release the brakes, winch until unit is in proper position in the tray, then reapply park brake.
  • To prevent movement, lower the tray to horizontal position, and secure to the hold points.
  • Make sure the vehicle is immobilised.
  • Ensure the cable is not damaged or worn.
  • All slings and connections must be inspected.
  • Do not connect cable to suspension. Always connect directly to vehicle chassis.
  • While loading, do not allow any person to approach or be near the vehicle.
  • To secure load to the tray, use non-stretch straps, hold-downs and/or chains.
  • Apply park brake after positioning the truck. Make sure there is adequate space behind the tray.
  • Take up the load on to the winch cable, remove all holding chains from the unit and release the park brake after ensuring the vehicle is in neutral gear.
  • Activate the tilt control for raising the tray, after ensuring all persons are off the truck and are in the clear.
  • Use the winch to control the unit and allow it to roll down the tray until it is clear.
  • Stop the unit, apply the brakes, then disconnect the winch cable from its towing points.
  • Make sure there are no overhead obstacles.
  • Never remove the holding chains until the winch cable has taken up the load.
  • While loading, do not allow any person to approach or be near the vehicle.
  • Before removing the cable, make sure the unit is securely braked.
  • To prevent falls and slipping, keep metal trays free from grease and oil.
  • Before travel, ensure that all equipment and clean up tools are stowed properly.
  • To reduce the risk of crushing damage, check the winding of cable on the winch drum.
  • Check the hooks, chains and shackles for distortion, damage or wear.
  • Clean all filters and make sure all hydraulic fluid levels are maintained.
  • Check connections and hydraulic hoses do not have leaks or they are not damaged.
  • Spills should be cleaned up immediately.
  • Tray should not have and loose items left on it.
  • Replace damaged wire cable immediately.
  • Never use faulty equipment.
  • Use only recommended fluids.
  • All oil leaks must be immediately rectified.

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.