Safe Work Procedure for Cable Pulling

Cable Pulling Method Statement

The cable pulling safe work method statement is an assessment of risk following the identification of hazards in connection with the work task of electrical cable pulling and the subsequent implementation of controls to manage the risks.

  • SWMS safe work method statement requires that hazard control methods be implemented when pulling electrical cable through conduit using cable pulling equipment, e.g. cable pulling winch.

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Cable Pulling Safety Procedure

Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive job hazard analysis of cable pulling methods to pull electrical wire through conduit and developed risk control measures per the hierarchy of controls.

  • Assess and review health and safety practices in the workplace to control risks

  • Consultation with employees on health and safety matters to identify potential hazards with the cable pulling method

  • Risk assessment to identify any hazards in the workplace that could result in death or serious injury

  • Health and safety planning for pulling electrical cable through conduit, e.g. minimise risks through the planning process

  • WHS consultation and participation processes ensure effective health and safety communication

  • Environmental hazards in the workplace, e.g. work in a confined space

  • Tripping hazards in the workplace resulting in slips trips and falls injuries

  • Implementing control measures to pull electrical wire through conduit, e.g. isolation of hazards and services

  • Health and safety information for employees to manage risk and compliance

  • Cable pulling equipment for pulling electrical cable through conduit

  • Set up electrical cable pulling equipment, e.g. cable pulling machine

  • Tools and equipment, e.g. cable pulling tools used in the cable pulling procedure

  • Asbestos containing materials associated with an electrical pit

  • Inspect and cut conduit electrical pipe for pulling electrical cable through conduit

  • Secure and fasten cable pulling sock to pull electrical wire through conduit

  • Pulling electrical cable using electrical cable pulling equipment

  • Electrical spotter to warn persons working in the vicinity of energised electrical equipment, e.g. electrical hazards

  • Exclusion zone safety when operating an electrical cable pulling winch per electrical safety procedures and guidelines

  • Work zone traffic management when operating a cable pulling winch adjacent to a traffic lane, e.g. traffic control officer

  • Hazardous manual handling tasks in connection with electrical cable pulling, e.g. operation of electrical cable pulling equipment

  • Hazardous chemicals, e.g. cable pulling lubricants for pulling electrical cable through conduit

  • Electrical PPE and safety equipment for electricians, e.g. PPE safety gear

  • Worker health and safety training, e.g. safe work practice training

  • Legislative and regulatory requirements for compliance with WHS legislative requirements

  • Monitor and review of risk controls, e.g. implement and monitor work health and safety practices

  • Electrician tasks and activities in connection with pulling electrical cable through conduit

SWMS Electrical

Electrical Cable Pulling Procedure

Safe work procedure for cable pulling shall assess the risk of construction high risk activities involved in the work task of pulling electrical cable.

High risk work activities that may expose workers to WHS hazards are likely to include but not be limited to:

  • Setup and operation of cable pulling equipment

  • Attachment of cable pulling sock to an electrical wire

  • Use of cable pulling tools

  • Use of cable pulling lubricants

  • Other cable pulling hazards