Scaffolding Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS)


People often ask, "Can I have a Safe Work Method Statement for Scaffolding?" "A document that covers everything?"  The answer is not really. 

A Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) needs to document step by step how you are going to do a particular job. Not all jobs are the same! Are you going to build a Steel Cantilevered K-Stage scaffold or an Aluminium Mobile Scaffold 

The steps in undertaking each of these tasks are very different. Not only are the steps different, but the potential hazards and the hazard control measures are very different as well.

On one job you maybe building a scaffold on top of a roof and  load the roofing materials onto the structure using a crane. On the next job you may simply be pulling them up by hand, or building a stair access to the roof before you build the work area access scaffold

The steps in undertaking each of these tasks are very different. Not only are the steps different, but the potential hazards and the hazard control measures are very different as well.


The JSEAsy software builds your site specific SWMS for your scaffolding job by adding templates of the steps you are going to take, in the order in which you are going to take them.

Watch a detailed demonstration video on how to create a new site specific SWMS using existing templates  


Download an example of a  SWMS generated from the JSEAsy software.

The JSEAsy software comes preloaded with hundreds of templates (job steps) to build your site specific SWMS with.

Safe Operating Procedures (SOP). are also included in all versions

The JSEAsy Premium software is your total WHS management system.


Below is an example of templates you may insert into your site specific SWMS for typical Installation of a K-Stage Modular Steel Scaffold.
  1. Site orientation/ Induction
  2. Claim work area
  3. Acceptance of delivery to site via crane truck
  4. Cut timber boards  to size using a circular saw
  5. Installation of K-Stage Modular Steel Scaffold (The sub process steps of this template are shown below:)
    1. Check the scaffold components for damage prior to installation
    2. Site Preparation
    3. Erecting the scaffold
    4. Installing Additional Lifts
    5. Sign-Off & Handover
    6. Using the scaffold
    7. Dismantling the scaffold

When you insert a template it automatically brings with it:

  1. The main process step
  2. The sub process steps associated in undertaking the task
    1. The potential hazards associated with undertaking the task (you can also delete or add any of these with a simple click)
    2. The Risk Rating for undertaking the task (You can also change this if you want to)
    3. The Hazard Control measure (you can also delete or add any of these with a simple click)
    4. The revised risk rating after applying the control (You can also change this if you want to)
    5. Any required PPE (you can also delete or add any of these with a simple click)
    6. Any applicable licences or qualifications required (you can also delete or add any of these with a simple click)
    7. Any pre operational inspections required (you can also delete or add any of these with a simple click)
    8. Any applicable legislation or codes of practice (you can also delete or add any of these with a simple click)

 

 

Hundreds of templates included - Exceptional value!

When you buy or rent the JSEAsy software, not only to get all of the templates specifically for scaffolding but you also get all of the templates for all of the other trades as well. Scaffolders don't just do scaffolding. You will also benefit from many of the carpentry  and formwork templates.  You may benefit from the structural steel and rigging templates as these items are often included in complex scaffolding situations

 

The process steps included in the template for Erecting, Altering and Dismantling Prefabricated Steel Modular Scaffolding are shown Below: 
  1. Check the scaffold components for damage prior to installation
  2. Site Preparation
  3. Lift and carry scaffold components (Manual Handling)
  4. Base out scaffold and erect base lift and first lift
  5. Install planks for the first lift
  6. Complete first lift
  7. Installing Additional Lifts
  8. Sign-Off & Handover
  9. Using the scaffold
  10. Dismantling the scaffold
Hazards and controls for each step have been identified for each step and are included in the template.
Potential hazards include:
  • Scaffold structure may fail
  • Unstable surface
  • Electrocution
  • Muscle strain - musculoskeletal disorders
  • Back injury
  • Tripping hazard
  • Scaffold tipping over
  • Incorrect installation procedure
  • Falling from Scaffold
  • Incomplete Scaffolding
  • Dropping components
  • Structure collapses
  • Incomplete installation
  • Personnel climbing up the side of the tower causing it to tip over
  • Items falling off scaffold from a height
  • Incorrect dismantling procedure
  • Manual handling injuries
  • Falling from Scaffold
When you buy or Rent JSEAsy v4.3 you have access to all of the SWMS templates, for all trades and industries.
 
ScaffoldingTemplates Pre-Loaded and ready for use are shown below:

 No.

 Description

 Cost

1
Acceptance of delivery to site for materials
Included
2
Acceptance of delivery to site for materials via Crane Truck
Included
3
Access work area Using a platform ladder
Included
4
Arrive at domestic site with truck and establish unloading area
Included
5
Arrive at domestic site with truck and trailer and establish unloading area
Included
6
Claim Work Area
Included
7
Cleaning up work area
Included
8
Coring concrete
Included
9
Create temporary work bench using trestles and planks
Included
10
Cut strapping off around pack of materials
Included
11
Cut timber using a circular saw
Included
12
Cut timber using a jigsaw
Included
13
Cut timber using a reciprocating saw
Included
14
Cut timber using an electric mitre saw
Included
15
Cutting Steel using an Angle Grinder
Included
16
Cutting Steel with an Oxy- Torch
Included
17
Deliver materials to site and unload manually
Included
18
Delivery and installation of temporary fencing
Included
19
Delivery and unloading of mobile plant
Included
20
Erecting, Altering and Dismantling Prefabricated Steel Modular Scaffolding
Included
21
Erection and use of a steel tube scaffold
Included
22
Erection and use of aluminium tube scaffold
Included
23
Erection and use of mobile scaffold
Included
24
Establish a Safe Work Zone-Working on or adjacent road (Traffic Control)
Included
25
Inject Epoxy into holes
Included
26
Inspect and drive passenger/ light commercial vehicle
Included
27
Inspect and drive truck
Included
28
Inspection and use of Generator
Included
29
Install Acro prop
Included
30
Install screws using a Battery Powered Drill
Included
31
Install screws using a tek gun
Included
32
Installation of cantilevered K-Stage Modular Steel Scaffold
Included
33
Installation of Hold Down bolts into existing Concrete
Included
34
Installation of K-Stage Modular Steel Scaffold
Included
35
Installation of simple formwork
Included
36
Lift members into position by hand
Included
37
Marking Out Slab or Ground
Included
38
Monitoring and Review of SWMS
Included
39
Move materials using a trolley (sack Truck)
Included
40
Moving materials around on a trolley
Included
41
Safety inspection and use of Forklift
Included
42
Set up and use laser level
Included
43
Set up trestle scaffold
Included
44
Site Establishment
Included
45
Site orientation of domestic residence
Included
46
Site Orientation/ Induction
Included
47
Site Set Out
Included
48
Tension nuts using a battery powered rattle gun
Included
49
Undertake Clients general all sites induction
Included
50
Unpack fixtures/ materials
Included
51
Working at height from a boom lift
Included
52
Working at height from a scissor lift
Included
53
Working at heights - Genrally
Included
54
Working in hot conditions
Included
55
Working in isolation
Included
56
Write up incident report
Included