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SWMS Roof Trusses

Roof Work Method Statement

The SWMS roof trusses assesses the risk following the hazard identification process for roof truss construction and the subsequent implementation of risk controls to manage risk.

  • Trusses safe work method statement requires control measures be implemented per the hierarchy of risk controls when undertaking roof truss installation.

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Method Statement for Installation of Roof Trusses

Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive hazard analysis for roof truss framing, e.g. how to build roof trusses with risk controls developed for identified hazards per risk controls hierarchy.

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

  • WHS consultation for the identification of hazards with the construction of roof trusses

  • Risk assessment to identify workplace hazards and risks likely to result in serious bodily injury or death

  • Health and safety planning for how to erect roof trusses, 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, overhead power lines

  • Slip trips and falls in the workplace having the potential to result in slips, trips and falls injuries

  • Implementation of controls for roof truss 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 roof truss members to be cut

  • Tools and equipment used in the construction of roof framing with trusses

  • Cutting tools to cut roof truss components, e.g. circular saw, drop saw and the like

  • Setting out roof trusses

  • 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, e.g. roof truss lifting equipment used to lift roof trusses shall be selected and inspected by a dogger per lifting equipment inspection requirements

  • Crane safety for operating crane when lifting roof truss components identifies potential crane lifting hazards, e.g. ground bearing pressure, exclusion zone for lifting operations, lifting operation hazards

  • Erect roof trusses per roof truss plan, e.g. spacing for roof trusses, roof truss bracing details

  • Secure roof trusses and roof truss components per roof truss drawings and roof truss installation guide, e.g. roof truss to top plate connection

  • Installation of roof truss tie-downs and roof truss bracing to prevent roof truss uplift

  • Roof truss plan shall specify the required roof truss fixings and roof truss anchors per standard roof truss design

  • Hazard controls for drilling materials to erect roof trusses, masonry materials may result in silica dust exposure

  • Working at height on ladders, scaffolding and elevated work platforms when undertaking roof construction

  • Hazardous chemicals used in connection with roof framing, e.g. chemical anchors, liquid nails

  • Hazardous manual tasks in connection with the construction of roof trusses

  • Personal protective equipment, e.g. PPE goggles, PPE gloves, PPE working at height

  • Health and safety training for workers, e.g. carpentry training for the construction of roof trusses

  • Workplace housekeeping incorporating material handling and storage safety

  • Legislative and regulatory requirements for compliance with WHS legislation, e.g. roof truss regulations, roof truss building code and WHS standards

  • Monitoring controls, e.g. assessment and review the effectiveness of control measures

  • Carpentry tasks and activities in connection with truss roof framing construction

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Erect Roof Trusses SWMS

SWMS Installing roof trusses shall assess the risk of construction high-risk activities for timber floor framing 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 roof truss members

  • Work at height, e.g. fall from heights

  • Use of hand and power tools

  • Other roof truss installation hazards

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