Vertical Borer Safe Work Method Statement

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Vertical Borer Safe Work Method Statement

Vertical Borer Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)

Whether you need to get on site to start work, looking to create a safe work environment or pitching for that next big contract or government tender - the Vertical Borer Safe Work Method Statement is easy tocustomise, easy to use and integrate into your current Safety Management System. If you don't have a Safety Management System, we need to talk, seriously, and you don't need to be carrying that level of risk exposure in your business - we can help.

Look, we understand that business should be rewarding and not consumed by tedious red tape. The Safe Work Method Statement Template we create is in an easy to understand format, while at the same time being some of the highest quality documents in the industry. Our SWMS documents get you onsite, save you loads of time and are very user-friendly. This way, you can get on with doing what you do best.

The Vertical Borer 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. Preparation
  9. Setting up
  10. Operation
  11. On completion

The Vertical Borer Safe Work Method Statement, includes


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

Your Vertical Borer 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.

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 Vertical Borer Safe WorkMethod Statement, the first step is to create the document as a Safe WorkMethod Statement Template. This way, you can use the same SWMS Template and then adjust the document for each different vertical borer project as needed, making sure that your Vertical Borer SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Vertical Borer SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own vertical borer SWMS, there are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Vertical Borer SWMS such as:

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

Note: The Vertical Borer SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the vertical borer work is completed. Where the VerticalBorer SWMS is revised, all versions of the SWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the Vertical Borer Safe Work MethodStatement, the Vertical Borer SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident.

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

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

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

  • Forklift
  • Crane
  • Hoist
  • Vertical Borer
  • 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 Vertical Borer SWMS should also list any PersonalProtective 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 Vertical Borer SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Vertical Borer SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to vertical borer work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Vertical Borer and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

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

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

When preparing your Vertical Borer 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 Vertical Borer.

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

  • Health and Safety guidelines for vertical borer work
  • Emergency plans and evacuation procedures for the Vertical Borer SWMS
  • Worker inductions for Vertical Borer
  • Toolbox talks (safety meetings) added to the Vertical Borer SWMS
  • Outline details of supervision of the site and workers on the Vertical Borer SWMS
  • Check all workers qualifications, permits and competencies for Vertical Borer operations
  • Ensure the Vertical Borer and any related equipment is functioning correctly
  • Hazard reporting procedures in place and added to the Vertical Borer SWMS
  • Incident reporting procedures in place and added to the Vertical Borer SWMS
  • Exclusion zones when conducting vertical borer work
  • Risk Assessment for TASK completed and noted on the Vertical Borer 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 vertical borer work is conducted
  2. Suitable access and adequate space to conduct vertical borer work safely
  3. Consult with all stakeholders on potential hazards and risks when conducting vertical borer work
  4. Consultation with all relevant workers and personnel for VerticalBorer SWMS details
  5. If conducting Vertical Borer at night, ensure there is adequate lighting
  6. Check that the work environment is suitable for vertical borer work

Vertical Borer Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Make sure there are no waste, fluids or debris on the floor and the work area is clear.
  • Fluid levels of transmissions, oil cups, coolant and nipples must be checked.
  • Make sure waste material and swarf are removed from all moving parts of the machine.
  • T-slots in the table must be cleaned with a brush or a chip rake.
  • Slides, tables and other mating faces, etc., must be checked for nicks, chips or burrs.
  • Mating surfaces, such as slides, etc., must be wiped down and re-oiled slightly.
  • Make sure controls, feeds and table are operating properly.
  • If coolant pump is provided, check for proper functioning and coolant level.
  • When performing oiling & cleaning, checks, etc., the machine must be de-energized.
  • Wearing leather gloves for handling swarf, etc. is recommended.
  • Machinery must be cleaned with lint-free waste or wipes.
  • If cleaning out slices and slots with air, wearing eye protection is recommended.
  • Before changing cutters or setting up work, de-energize machine.
  • For handling heavy objects, obtain assistance or use mechanical aids.
  • Before slings are removed, ensure larger items are stable.
  • Work piece must be setup before installing cutters. Avoid dropping or bumping the cutters.
  • Cutters must be handled carefully for avoiding cuts from their sharp cutting edges.
  • Make sure proper size of spanners, etc., are used to avoid damage to bolts, nuts, etc.
  • Proper handling practice must be observed.
  • Wearing Type 1 footwear is recommended.
  • For handling sharp or rough objects, wearing cut-resistant gloves is recommended.
  • Only use hand tools.
  • Plan the job to make sure cutting can be completed without damaging the machine or cutters.
  • Make sure the work is securely held in position.
  • Make sure the work is clamped tightly, and does not vibrate or spring when cutting.
  • Before commencing cuts, ensure the cutter does not foul vices, clamps, etc.
  • Feed and speed must be selected based on the type of material being cut, depth and width of cut, cutter type used, finish required, speed and power of the machine, and availability and type of cutting fluid.
  • Before setting up the job, make sure the table is clean.
  • Make sure bolts and clamps do not interfere with the cutting zones.
  • For handling sharp or rough objects, wearing cut-resistant gloves is recommended.
  • For better finish and to reduce chatter, keep cutting tools sharp.
  • Poorly supported or mounted work or frail work will not be able to support heavy cuts.
  • For clearing chips and swarf from a cutting zone, use a brush or a tool.
  • Never use jewellery, long hair or beards and loose clothing near moving parts.
  • Wearing eye protection is recommended.
  • Protect hand and fingers when clearing.
  • Never wear gloves when working on borer machines.

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.