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Safe work method statement - Motor vehicle - Accessing a motor vehicle

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Accessing a motor vehicle

The cabin of a motor vehicle is not always accessible from the ground surface and may often require a person to have to climb a designated access way or series of steps.

  • In most cases a person shall gain access to a cabin of a motor vehicle for the purpose of operating the vehicle, other instances where it would be necessary to gain access would be for the conduct of a pre-operational inspection or the undertaking of maintenance work.


Tasks associated with the safe operation of a motor vehicle include:

  • Conduct a pre-operational inspection of the designated access way;
  • Gain access to the cabin of the vehicle using the designated access way e.g. 3 points of contact;
  • Inspection of access way e.g. foot holds, grab rails, etc;
  • Housekeeping inspection of foot holds, grab rails, etc;
  • How to conduct a hazard identification of the access way;
  • How to assess the risk to persons when gaining access to the cabin of a motor vehicle.

Safety procedure includes

Vehicle - Access cabin

Accessing a motor vehicle safe work method statement is a 10 page document compliant with statute OHS reporting requirements. It identifies known hazards and risks, and outlines the control measures to be implemented to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, injury or illness generated as a result of accessing a motor vehicle for the purpose of operation.

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Control measures

Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death or injury to persons are addressed in the safe work method statement as per the following sections.

  • Consultation with employees.
  • Generation of hazards.
  • Gaining access to the cabin of a motor vehicle.
  • Housekeeping of access way not undertaken.
  • Personal protective equipment requirements
  • Training requirements.
  • Failure to monitor controls.
  • Risk matrix and descriptors.
  • Additional hazards, risks and controls.
  • Approval and change management form.
  • Sign-off for accessing cabin of a motor vehicle.

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