Aerial Work Platform Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)


The Aerial Work Platform Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) features:

  1. Instant download
  2. Acceptance Guaranteed
  3. Easy to edit Microsoft Word format so you can add your logo and site specific details
  4. Complies with latest legislation

Specifically, the Aerial Work Platform Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) covers:

  1. Operational guidelines, with a step by step approach to safe work
  2. Possible hazards that may be encountered
  3. Step by step safety procedures to follow
  4. Before work starts – Guidelines and Checks
  5. And more. Please check details below

Safe Work Method Statement Template for Aerial Work Platform

This template, designed with precision and a good wallop of practicality, sports a set of features that can make your safety compliance work smoother than a well-oiled machine.

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: To save you the bother of starting from scratch, we’ve carefully filled out fields with generally required details. It’s comprehensive as the Melbourne Cricket Ground, covering a wide range of essential points.
  • Fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format: Fancy making changes? No worries! This template is as flexible as a gymnast, simply open up in Word and tweak to your heart’s content.
  • Includes the scope of the project and the project details: Room aplenty to jot down all the nitty-gritty about your project – what it entails, how long it’ll presumably take, and those crucial particulars.
  • Includes checklist of any high-risk machinery on site: If there’s any gear posing higher risks onsite, there’s a dedicated checklist where you can record ’em all.
  • Includes space for recording any staff training: Keep track of who’s been trained for what – this tool lets you neatly record all training completed by your team.
  • Includes before and after risk ratings: With space included for both preliminary and post-mitigation risk ratings, this manual helps show the effectiveness and changes made through your health and safety measures.
  • Includes resources for use of legislative references: Legislation is no light reading, blokes! But we’ve included handy references to help you navigate the hard yakka world of laws and regs.
  • Includes all PPE required: From hard hats to safety boots, there’s a detailed list of required Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) included to ensure full preparativeness for your squad.
  • Includes risk assessment and risk assessment matrix: Covering all bases, we’ve provided space both for individual risk assessments as well as an overall risk matrix to gauge hazards more holistically.
  • Includes a checklist to ensure all requirements have been covered: To aid you in ticking off every necessary element when implementing your SWMS, a comprehensive checklist is at your disposal.
  • Includes sign off page for all workers and responsible persons: A devoted space for signatures from everyone involved – trade workers, managers, or any other bloke who holds responsibility in the project.
  • Easy to use, easy to customise: Our template is user-friendly, with straightforward language. It’s tougher than a kangaroo, reliable, adaptable, and perfectly suited for tradespeople like you.
  • Suitable for large contracts and Tenders, including tier 1 contractual work: No matter how sizeable your contract or the stature of your tender, this template is robust enough to accommodate it all.
  • Quick delivery by email: As soon as you’ve got your hands on this template, you’ll receive the speedy delivery via email – quick, efficient, and just a click away.

Having a good laugh yet also keeping things tidy and safe at work is something we Aussies are known for. Keep that ethos alive with this detailed, pragmatic SWMS template.

The Aerial Work Platform Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) includes the following job steps and related potential hazards:

  • 1. Preparation
    • Falling equipment
    • Inadequate training
  • 2. Equipment selection
    • Faulty equipment
    • Incorrect use
  • 3. Safety checks
    • Overlooking minor damages
    • Ignorance about safety procedures
  • 4. Positioning the platform
    • Unstable ground
    • Obstacles in path
  • 5. Mounting and dismounting
    • Slips and trips
    • Fall from height
  • 6. Operating the platform
    • Untrained staff
    • Inattention to surrounding
  • 7. Working at Height
    • Dizziness
    • Objects falling from height
  • 8. Emergency procedures
    • Poor communication
    • Panic during emergencies
  • 9. Maintenance
    • Ignoring regular inspections
    • Using outdated components
  • 10. Shutdown
    • Incorrect shutdown procedure
    • Neglecting post-shutdown checks
  • 11. Dismantling
    • Potential crushing injuries
    • Miscommunication during dismantling
  • 12. Storage
    • Improper storage leading to damage/loss
    • Unauthorised access to equipment
  • 13. Daily Inspection
    • Skipping mandatory checks
    • Overlooking minor faults
  • 14. Transportation
    • Unsecured load during transit
    • Equipment malfunctions
  • 15. Weekly Inspection
    • Incomplete documentation
    • Overlooking wear and tear
  • 16. Monthly Inspection
    • Non-compliance with procedures
    • Employee negligence
  • 17. Annual Inspection
    • Lack of trained personnel
    • Inadequate resources
  • 18. Incident Reporting
    • Inaccurate reporting
    • Delays in communication
  • 19. Training
    • Insufficient expertise
    • Limited scope of training
  • 20. Review and Update
    • Outdated manuals
    • Resistance to change

Each Safe Work Method Statement has specific content that is referenced to, but not limited to a number of authorities such as Codes of Practice, Regulations, Australian Standards or the Act.

The Aerial Work Platform Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) references:

Ordering only takes a few minutes. Upon ordering completion, a link will be sent to your email address to download your documents, then add your company logo to the top of the header and you’re finished.

Your document will be delivered in editable Microsoft Word format. This PDF sample is just for preview

Frequent Questions

Safe Work Method Statement Template FAQ’s

What format is a BlueSafe Australia Safe Work Method Statement Template delivered in?

Because every SWMS needs to be edited to suit on-site specifics, it makes sense to deliver our Safe Work Method Statements in Microsoft Word Format for easy editing.

How many pages long is each Safe Work Method Statement Template?

It depends entirely on the nature of the risks associated with the SWMS Template, however on average the documents are between 7-15 pages in length. Each Safe Work Method Statement is comprehensive in nature and is easy to use.

What are before and after risk ratings?

Before and after risk ratings are simply this: When you initially start to do a job, like say drill a hole in a wall, there will be a level of risk, which for this example let's just say is a level 2 (before). The idea is that then you would implement some type of control measure to reduce the risk, and in this case we would implement the control measure of wearing safety glasses to protect the eyes. This now would bring the risk of an injury down to a level 1 (after). Here you can see how the SWMS has a before and after risk rating for each step of a job, task or process.

Why do the Safe Work Method Statement Templates have before and after risk ratings?

Before and after risk ratings are a simple and effective way to clearly show how, and how much a certain level of risk has been brought down for a certain step in a job task or process. Another reason also is that many larger contractors now like to see before and after risk ratings, so it makes sense to include them in our Templates.

Are the SWMS Templates pre-filled?

Absolutely. Every Safe Work Method Statement Template is pre-filled, high quality and comprehensive in order to help save you as much time, and deliver as much quality information as possible when conducting your own on site safety.

Do the Safe Work Method Statement Templates come with a Risk Assessment?

Yes. Each Safe Work Method Statement comes with it's own built in Risk Assessment which is part of the working document. The SWMS is straightforward, easy to use and has a risk calculator to work out the risk level and likelihood of the risk occurring.

Does each SWMS Template have the required PPE already suggested?

Yes, each SWMS Template has a range of PPE recorded, as well as picture icons of different PPE items that you can add/remove as you need to for the requirements of the job task.

What Should be Included in a Safe Work Method Statement?

If you're going to be doing any high risk construction work, you'll most likely not only need a Safe Work Method Statement, but you'll also need to make sure your SWMS has a number of checks and balances in order for the document to be accepted in your construction site safety. Purchasing a safe work method statement template can help save you quite a lot of time rather than starting from scratch. Also, just remember that even though every BlueSafe Template is highly comprehensive and pre-filled, your SWMS Template should be adjusted to suit any noticeable risks that are specific to the task you are performing.

Your Safe Work Method Statement must:
  • List or show the different types of construction work that is high risk
  • Clearly explain the workplace health and safety hazards as well as the risks that arise from the works
  • Explain in detail how each risk will be managed, maintained and controlled
  • Explain how each control measure will be implemented in order to reduce each risk
  • Describe how each control measure will be monitored an how often the control measures will be reviewed
  • Consider any additional factors that may impact the level of risk involved with the safety of the construction site such as weather, wind etc.
  • Be made available and accessible to read by employees and applicable personnel at any time.
  • Every SWMS should be easy to understand and written in plain language
  • Every BlueSafe Australia Safe Work Method Statement Template is straightforward and easy to use. They also have what's called 'before and after risk ratings', which basically means there's a built in risk assessment that is used in the process of using the document. This allows you to asses the initial risks and give them a score, and then assess the risk and give an 'after score' once the listed control measures are implemented. All our documents are comprehensive, pre-filled and easy to use. You can even download a sample below and see an example.
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