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Tree Trimming - Electric Lines - Underground Utilities SWMS

Tree Trimming - Electric Lines - Underground Utilities SWMS

Product SKU: 10347
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  • Complies with current legislation in all States and Territories
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  • Assists with compliance requirements for WHS inspections
  • Review Date: 14 March 2014

Tree Trimming - Utilities Information:

The Tree Trimming - Utilities Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive procedure outlining the safety steps for the trimming/clearing of trees near electric lines and underground utilities.

The Tree Trimming - Utilities Work Method Statement (WMS) is ready to use and is not a blank template. Simply add your company details, ABN, and include any site specific details or risks and make it specific to the task at hand. It is then ready for printing and to be incorporated as part of your overall WHS System.

This SWMS involves general aspects of tree trimming /clearing activities in the vicinity of overhead electric lines, or areas where root systems may impact underground utilities. In compliance with WHS Regulations (2011) a documented risk assessment must be undertaken when working around live electrical installations. A site and task-specific SWMS must be developed for hazards not covered in this SWMS.

Main hazards:

  • Electric shock
  • Falls
  • Struck by falling object
  • Crushing
  • Laceration

This SWMS includes the following "High Risk Construction Work" as defined by Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011:

  • Falls 2/1.8m
  • Live Electricity
  • Mobile Plant
  • Roadways
  • Pressurized gas

Remember: The content of the SWMS should be refined over time and include consultation with workers and other persons conducting a business or undertaking. Prior to each new activity, the SWMS must be reviewed and revised to ensure it applies to the high risk construction work and the actual site you are working at. 

 

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This SWMS includes: 

  • PPE
  • Safety Notes
  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Pre-Operational Inspection
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Review
  • References
  • Employee sign off section
  • Hierarchy of Controls
  • Risk Assessment Matrix

Ready to Use

Save time with our pre-filled, fully customisable templates. Simply add your company details, ABN, and include any site specific details or risks ensuring it is specific to the task at hand. It is then ready for printing and inclusion in your overall WHS System.

Product details:

  • Written by ex WHS inspectors
  • Risk ratings before and after control measures
  • Provides a framework for training workers
  • Can be used as part of tender applications, WHS inductions, and Toolbox talks

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Operation: (extract only)

Climbing:

  • No person to conduct any free climbing at any time for any reason
  • Secondary climber is onsite at all times. Ensure:
    • Experienced climber
    • Competent in aerial rescue
    • Secondary equipment donned correctly and inspected prior to use
    • Designated person to monitor from ground level
  • Correct PPE worn
  • One person in tree where possible
  • Remain in verbal and visual contact at all times
  • Must stay attached to tree at all times by correctly secured tie-in points of sufficient height and clear of drop zones
  • Ensure 2 independent anchor points
  • Test all limbs before applying weight
  • Keep rope tight and re-route to avoid obstructions
  • Move in smooth controlled movements
  • Maintain visual contact with electric lines
  • Secure all tools and make safe before moving
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