The Construction Site Night Work Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document outlining the safety steps for performing general construction tasks at night, including transporting and receiving deliveries of equipment/materials onto a construction site. This SWMS covers some of the additional hazards that may occur due to working at night on sites.
This document does not cover high risk construction work that would have greatly increased risk levels when performed at night time, including but not limited to - Working in Confined Spaces, Working around Mobile Plant, Working at Heights.
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.
This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is provided in the following document formats
This document is intended for use as an attachment, to be used in addition to the relevant SWMS for the specific work being conducted on a construction site during daylight hours.
- Falling objects – being struck / crushed
- Entrapment – crush injuries, death
- Mobile plant – being run over / struck
- Vehicle accident – being run over / struck, or injuries from vehicle accident
- Electricity – electric shock/electrocution
- Slips, trips & falls – fractures, sprains, strains
- Hazardous manual tasks – musculoskeletal disorders (MSD)
- Noise – hearing loss
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.
Ensure correct selection of appropriate lighting for night works on-site:
Task lighting will be required to illuminate the immediate work zone where plant/equipment/materials will be unloaded from transport vehicles and where they will be moved to on site for use.
General Site lighting will be required for the zones in between Task light areas (roads, walkways, storage areas, worker facilities, site office, car park, outer fence area etc.).
Have operational arrangements in place for back up of lighting in the event of power failure or lighting equipment failure. E.g. additional portable lighting, generators.
Luminous Tiger tails or other identification tagging system needs to be installed on any overhead power lines – as per the relevant code of practice.
Additional Spotters will need to be available to ensure vehicles / plant / equipment / materials and workers do not breach exclusion zones.
Check that all workers have adequate night vision – some workers may need to wear glasses or have additional lighting to perform tasks safely at night.