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The Auger Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document outlining the safety steps for the normal operation of hand held petrol driven Augers. These Augers are also commonly referred to as an Earth Auger.
This SWMS does not cover the use of an Auger attached to a tractor. Dedicated SWMS should be developed for these tasks, and for any risks not covered in this SWMS.
- Entanglement can occur in the auger, leading to serious injuries and fatality.
- Flying debris
- Hazardous Manual Tasks
- Working outdoors
- Isolated work
- Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals
This SWMS includes:
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.
- Do not put hands or feet near or under any rotating parts. Keep clear at all times
- If idle adjustment is required, and the drill is still moving, use extreme caution – keep hands and feet well clear.
If obstacle encountered, stop auger. Remove obstacle, ensure persons clear from dig area before resuming work.
If the drill gets caught in the ground and cannot be pulled out, stop the engine and rotate the Auger counter-clockwise.
Ensure operators stand in a manner that would prevent them from being hit with Auger handles during stopping.
Do not allow persons to clear dirt from area or remove debris during operation.
Wait until the Auger comes to a complete stop before letting go of handles.
When pulling the Auger from the hole, use your legs rather than your back to lift.
If you are approached while operating the Auger, stop the engine and drill rotation.
If running problems or excessive vibration occurs, stop immediately and inspect the Auger for the cause.
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