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All personnel working where there is a risk of falling more than 2 metres must have a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) prepared that is  communicated to workers before they commence work at height or where there is the chance of a fall.

If you work at height, there are certain activities that present an obvious hazard. These include work from ladders, scaffolds and platforms. Other examples can consist of work on roofs, elevated structures over tanks, pits ,steep ground or on top of vehicles or trailers.

Our full range of Working at Height Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) covers a multitude of working at height scenarios and will allow you to prepare for each task where there is a risk of falls.

If you are unsure about your responsibilities when it comes to working safely at heights, we have you covered. Our extensive library of Working at Height SWMS   are written by industry experts who know what needs to be included so that they meet legal requirements and keep your workers safe. By following  documented controls , you can ensure that everyone stays safe while performing tasks that involve the risk of falling from height.

All SWMS are suitable for use in NSW, QLD, VIC, ACT, TAS, SA, WA and  NZ.

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Working at Height SWMS Template Content

Our SWMS are not blank templates, they contain the most common hazards and controls measures to manage risk.

We can't see what's happening on your site though, it's vitally important you include site-specific hazards, assess the risk, and make our SWMS specific to your task at hand.

Our SWMS set out the work activities in logical sequences; identifies hazards and describes the corresponding control measures.

The content of a SWMS should be regularly reviewed and needs to include consultation with workers and other persons.

If you are changing sites or conducting a new activity, the SWMS content should be checked and amended to suit.

SafetyDocs SWMS include provisions for:

  • name of the principal contractor
  • business name, address and ABN
  • details of the person responsible for ensuring monitoring and compliance with the SWMS
  • date the SWMS was prepared and review dates
  • signature of each worker

All SafetyDocsSWMS:

  • identify the high-risk construction work
  • specify hazards and risks relating to the work
  • describe the control measures used to control identified risks
  • describe how the control measures will be monitored and reviewed

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All Working at Height SWMS Include

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

Job Steps (Potential Hazards & Control Measures) 

FREE Current OHS Legislation & Codes of Practice Reference List 


Ready to Use Working at Height Safe Work Method Statements

Save time with our content-rich, fully editable Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS).

Simply add your company details and read the document to ensure all details are relevant to your business.

Check for any additional hazards not already covered and make amendments to your SWMS as necessary.

Your Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is then ready for use and as a point of reference at OHS Toolbox Talk meetings.


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