Flooring Safe Work Method Statement
The flooring SWMS assesses the risk following the hazard identification process for timber floor frame construction and the subsequent implementation of risk controls to manage risk.
Flooring safe work method statement requires control measures be implemented per the hierarchy of risk controls when undertaking flooring.
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Method Statement for Carpentry Work
Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive hazard analysis for timber floor framing construction, e.g. how to build floor frame with risk controls developed for identified hazards per risk controls hierarchy.
Assess and review WHS practices in the workplace to control risk
WHS consultation to identify potential hazards with how to undertake floor framing
Risk assessment to identify workplace safety hazards and risks likely to result in serious bodily injury or death
Health and safety planning for floor frame construction, e.g. minimise risks through the planning process
WHS consultation and participation processes ensure adequate health and safety communication
Workplace environmental hazards, e.g. trenches and excavations, working at heights
Slip trips and falls in the workplace having the potential to cause death or serious injury
Implementation of controls for timber floor framing construction, e.g. isolation of hazards and services in hazardous areas for lifting operation safety
Safety information for employees to manage risks
Method to minimise risk when measuring to mark floor framing materials to be cut
Tools and equipment used in the construction of timber floor framing
Cutting tools to cut floor framing members, e.g. circular saw, drop saw and the like
Setting out for construction of a floor frame
Electrical hazards and control measures for high voltage power lines, e.g. power line clearance requirements, electrical safety isolation procedures
Electrical spotter to warn persons working in the vicinity of electricity lines, e.g. distance from power lines for cranes
Persons operating a crane are to undertake safe working load calculations per crane load chart against the crane's rated lifting capacity
Lifting slings and chains used to lift floor framing components shall be selected and inspected by a dogger per lifting equipment inspection requirements
Crane safety for operating crane when lifting floor framing components identifies potential crane lifting hazards, e.g. ground bearing pressure, exclusion zone for lifting operations, lifting operation hazards
Erect floor framing per timber floor framing plan, e.g. timber frame floor joist spacing
Secure floor framing members per floor frame plan and timber frame floor construction details
Lay and fix flooring to timber sub floor framing per wood floor framing details
Hazard controls for drilling materials to erect floor framing components, masonry materials may result in silica dust exposure
Working at height on ladders, scaffolding and elevated work platforms when undertaking floor framing
Hazardous chemicals used in connection with timber floor framing construction, e.g. chemical anchors, liquid nails
Hazardous manual tasks in connection with the timber floor framing construction
Personal protective equipment, e.g. PPE goggles, PPE gloves, PPE working at height
Health and safety training for workers, e.g. carpentry training for timber floor framing construction
Workplace housekeeping incorporating material handling and storage safety
Legislative and regulatory requirements for compliance with WHS legislation, e.g. health and safety construction regulations, construction code of practice and WHS standards
Monitoring controls, e.g. assessment and review the effectiveness of control measures
Carpentry tasks and activities in connection with timber floor framing construction
SWMS for flooring shall assess the risk of construction high-risk activities for fit-out works in construction.
High-risk work activities that may expose workers to WHS hazards are likely to include but not be limited to:
Plant and equipment used in the work task
Fit, position and secure floor framing members
Work at height, e.g. fall from heights
Use of hand and power tools
Other floor framing construction hazards