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Fencing - Timber - Residential SWMS

Fencing - Timber - Residential SWMS

Product SKU: 10105
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  • Provides a framework for training workers
  • Addresses generic risks and hazards
  • MS Word and IAT (iAuditor App) format for easy customisation/editing
  • Can be used as part of tender applications, WHS inductions, and Toolbox talks
  • Assists with compliance requirements for WHS inspections
  • Review Date: 24 June 2014

The Timber Fencing Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document outlining the safety steps associated with building timber fences (approx. 1800mm high) on construction sites/ residential areas. It does not cover wire fence installation.


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.


Document Format
This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is provided in the following document formats 



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Mains hazards:

  • Falls
  • Entanglement
  • Laceration
  • Crushing
  • Hit by moving vehicle
  • Manual Handling
  • Hit by ejected object
  • Electric shock/ electrocution

This SWMS may involve working around mobile plant which is considered high risk construction work as defined by the WHS Regulations 2011. Ensure a SMWS is developed and implemented for any tasks involving high risk construction work and for any hazard not covered in the SWMS.

This SWMS includes:

  • PPE
  • Safety Notes
  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Pre-Operational Inspection
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Review
  • References

This SWMS 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.

Product Details:

  • Minimum 14 pages
  • Written by ex WHS inspectors
  • Referenced
  • Risk ratings before and after control measures
  • MS Word format NOT PDF
  • Task specific and site specific details easy to add
  • Includes easy to complete boxes for Company details and project details
  • Employee sign off section

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Product extract:

Install timber fence as required. Example may include:

  • Space out posts as needed (type of post, terrain, permits, materials, purpose of fence etc.)
  • Set corner / end posts. Place string to mark out a straight line. Check alignment regularly.
  • Align all dig / post locations. Drive stakes at the exact post hole location
  • Place posts into dug holes. Ensure deep enough (1/3 total length of post to ensure secure hold)
  • Place materials (dirt/large stones) in hole to assist with drainage. Apply wood preservation to post to be covered (using applicable PPE and following SDS instructions for use)
  • Allow preservative to cure for required time
  • Concrete posts in place. Check level in all directions.
  • Allow concrete to cure and posts to become stable
  • Build a mound around base to prevent water-build-up
  • When posts are set, add required bracing
  • Begin adding top and bottom rails as per fence-type
  • Install as required (example: butt joint, lap joint, slotted joint). Check rails are level and aligned during work.
  • Ensure dedicated SWMS develop for use of explosive nail / hammer guns if used.
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