Digger Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)


The Digger 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 Digger 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

Presenting our Safe Work Method Statement Template for Diggers – a practical, straight shooter of a tool designed to assist you in managing the health and safety requirements on site. Here’s what it brings to the table:

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: Not one to waste your time. The template is pre-populated with necessary sections and statements, saving you from reinventing the wheel. A broad range of safety processes, controls, tasks are covered off.
  • Fully editable and customisable: Just because we’ve done the heavy lifting doesn’t mean you can’t fine-tune. This template is completely editable and adaptable using Microsoft Word format so you get to personalise as needed.
  • Includes the scope of the project and the project details: Absolutely every bit of information about the task at hand has its own place here – right from defining your project’s scope to recording sundry bits of relevant info about it all.
  • Includes checklist of any high risk machinery on site: High risk machinery deserves super vigilance. That’s why we’ve dedicated this strategic segment to help you list, analyse and put controls in place for those potential hazards.
  • Includes space for recording any staff training: A well-trained crew makes for a safer work environment, wouldn’t you agree? Keep track of the skills your team possess and the trainings they need with this feature.`
  • Includes before and after risk ratings: What’s ascertaining risks without ratings? With this attribute, it’s only getting simpler and transparent as you differentiate between the severity of risks before and after controls are applied.
  • Includes resources for use of legislative references: Compliance is central, isn’t it? This feature equips you with legislation references that relate directly to your work. Not one bit of a legislation goes unnoticed in the process.
  • Includes all PPE required: Because no health and safety documentation is complete without a detailed account on PPE. And this template has that blank spot duly filled.
  • Includes risk assessment and risk assessment matrix: Allowing you to provide a structural approach to identifying hazards and controlling risks with this useful addition. Calculate, document and manage it all with utmost clarity.
  • Ensures complete coverage of SWMS requirements: Helps in ticking off all those requirements when implementing the Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS). Rest assured, oversight won’t be an issue here.
  • Includes sign off page for everyone involved: Keeping everyone on the same page needn’t be a cliché anymore. With these inclusions, you manage to notch formal acceptance from workers and other responsible persons effortlessly.
  • Easy to use, easy to customise: We’ve made sure even if you’re not tech-friendly, our template will still feel like a breeze. Easy to navigate and even easier to customise, just the way you’d like it.
  • Suitable for large contracts and Tenders: Whether you are going for small tasks or eyeing the big fish – those tier 1 contractual works, this tool will come in handy throughout the process without breaking a sweat.
  • Quick delivery by email: No fluff or unnecessary waiting around. We send it straight to your mailbox pronto!

Pack up the safety of your worksite in this all-inclusive Safe Work Method Statement Template. It’s got all aspects covered, and is ready to aid you towards a safer work environment.

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

  • 1. Preparation
    • Lack of training
    • Poor site conditions
  • 2. Equipment Check
    • Malfunctioning equipment
    • Incorrect use of equipment
  • 3. Site Inspection
    • Uneven ground
    • Presence of utilities
  • 4. Pre-Digging Operations
    • Potential collision with other machines
    • Falling objects
  • 5. Digging Operations
    • Striking underground services
    • Collapse of edges
  • 6. Load Shovelling
    • Overturning of machine
    • Collision with overhead power lines
  • 7. Tip-Off Operations
    • Overloading
    • Tipping over
  • 8. Vehicle Movement
    • Unsafe ground conditions
    • Collision with pedestrians/other workers/machines
  • 9. Maintenance Work
    • Repetitive motion injuries
    • Noise exposure
  • 10. Fuel Handling
    • Fire and explosion hazards
    • Chemical exposure
  • 11. Shut Down Process
    • Improper shut down
    • Equipment damage
  • 12. Post-Operation Inspection
    • Inadequate inspection
    • Equipment failure/damage
  • 13. Refuelling
    • Fire and explosion risk
    • Spillage
  • 14. Cleaning and Maintenance
    • Slips and falls
    • Chemical exposure
  • 15. Final Check
    • Missing safety checks
    • Equipment malfunctions

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 Digger 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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