Working at Heights Safe Work Method Statement
This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) covers the risk management processes and procedures that must be followed when preparing to work at height. What is outlined in this document is the planning and preparation, pre-start inspections, operational considerations and emergency management procedures.Please note that due to the high-risk nature of working at height, height equipment specific SWMS will need to be implemented for these tasks prior to commencing the activity or this SWMS modified to suit.
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Working at Heights SWMS Content:
High Risk Construction Work
Involves a risk of a person falling more than 2m, including work on telecommunications towers
Risk Assessment Matrix
Hierarchy of Controls
Job Steps (includes potential hazards and control measures)
Planning & Preparation
Training and Capabilities
Assess onsite conditions
Conduct Risk Assessment
Adopt Height access method based on assessment
Work area setup
Height Access - mobile scaffold
Height Access - EWP
Height Access - fixed scaffold
Height Access - rope
Height Access - Harness / Lanyard / Anchors
Height Access - Ladders
If accessing heights > 2m ensure there are separate, dedicated SWMS in place for the above and that all workers/employees have relevant training
Working at Heights Risk Assessment Checklist
Emergency Response Procedures
Employee sign off section
Review & Monitoring
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SWMS - Safe Work Method Statement
Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) are required for any high risk activity that is performed by an employee in the workplace. Each document must identify the risks involved when performing the activity, a risk rating for each risk, a safe work method to perform the activity and a residual risk rating for the risks. SafetyCulture SWMS comply with current WH&S legislation in all states across Australia. This document is fully completed with a step by step procedure that can be edited and appended. This is not a blank template, it is a comprehensive procedure that has been researched and developed by a qualified writer.