Wire Fencing Safe Work Method Statement

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Wire Fencing Safe Work Method Statement

Wire Fencing 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 Wire Fencing 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 Wire Fencing 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. Site safety
  9. Electrical equipment
  10. Installation of posts
  11. Installation of rails
  12. Installation of cable wires
  13. Cleaning of working site
  14. On completion

The Wire Fencing Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Wire Fencing 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 Wire Fencing Safe Work Method 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 wire fencing project as needed, making sure that your Wire Fencing SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Forklift
  • Crane
  • Hoist
  • Wire Fencing
  • 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 Wire Fencing 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 Wire Fencing SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Wire Fencing SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to wire fencing work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the WireFencing and their health and safety representatives who represented that workgroup at the workplace.

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

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

When preparing your Wire Fencing 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 Wire Fencing.

When writing your Wire Fencing SWMS, establish any policies, procedures and systems for working with Wire Fencing in consultation with thePrincipal Contractor and workers while being sure to establish:

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

Wire Fencing Training and Worker Qualifications

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

Below are some examples of someControl Measures to be implemented when creating your own Wire Fencing Safe Work Method Statement Template: 

  • Prevent risk of injury to eyes and hearing from power tools and air tools - wear eye & hearing protection.
  • Protect persons from objects falling from height or being dropped - wear head and foot protection.
  • Prevent hand injuries when handling timber, concrete and metal materials - wear hand protection.
  • Provide assistance or use mechanical aids to carry and move heavy items ensure proper lifting practices are observed.
  • Prevent unauthorised entry to worksite at all times - use locked fencing.
  • Use construction site signage to warn of hazards and to advise the need for protective equipment - display clearly at entrance.
  • Remove tools from site when unattended, arrange deliveries to reduce theft.
  • Provide clear access for deliveries and park vehicles clear of work areas.
  • Ensure that animals are controlled on site. Keep children out of risk areas.
  • Test and tag all electrical equipment used on site before use - never use faulty equipment.
  • Switchboards must be in weatherproof box and locked when the site remains unattended. Test equipment every 3 months.
  • Use safety switch on all power outlets - test safety switch daily.
  • Ensure that guards are correctly fitted to saws, and tools are safe to use.
  • Wearing eye & hearing protection is essential.
  • Make sure that all underground assets have been located before using powered tools to dig holes.
  • Wear eye and hearing protection when cutting rails and when using grinder. Wear hand protection when handling rails.
  • Ensure that all rails are aligned correctly.
  • Ensure that enough space is provided between rails for wire or mesh.
  • Use right size tools to prevent slipping when tightening and fitting.
  • Wear hand protection when handling and fixing wires. Wear eye protection when tightening and cutting wires.
  • Avoid over-tightening wires to prevent wire breaking under strain.
  • Remove all the waste on site.
  • Never allow chemicals, paints, oils, etc., to enter drains or waterways store hazardous materials in dry protected storage away from heat.
  • Provide skip or bin for waste building materials and bags, drums, etc.

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.