The Wood Chipper Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document outlining the safety steps for the use of a petrol or diesel powered wood chipper.
Wood chippers come in various sizes, designs and applications. Machine specific safe work instructions should be obtained from the manufacturer’s instructions/operating manual.
This SWMS does not cover the operation of a tractor when using a Wood Chipper attachment. Dedicated SWMS should be developed for any site specific or machine specific risks not covered in this SWMS.
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
- Moving machine parts – entanglement, laceration, amputation, death
- Struck by moving machine part – chipper hood
- Struck by flying debris – sticks, branches, timber
- Struck by moving object – passing vehicle
- Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) from hazardous manual tasks
- Slips, trips & falls
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals – Petrol, Diesel
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 material to be chipped is clear of metal, stones, plastic, fauna, pests, diseases, rope or other contamination.
Ensure material of suitable size for chipper. De-limb/cut as required.
Never lay vine type materials in front of the infeed hopper.
Always cut vine type materials into short lengths. Stop automatic feed system and runs short pieces of vine materials through the Chipper using manual start/stop controls and a wooden push stick. Be alert.
Do not load small twigs, leaves etc. into chipper, rake and bag separately.
Load materials from side of in-feed chute.
Do not stand in front during loading.
Place butt-end first. Push short stubs through with longer branches. Lay shorter branches of top of longer ones.
Do not place hands or body parts into in-feed chute.
Once in-feed grabs material, step back from chipper.
Do not use force to push materials through.
Be aware of different feed rates for different wood.
Rotate branches with strong bark slowly when feeding. This can prevent overheating of bearing as the bark can wrap around it.
Do not feed palm leaves into chipper. Bearing can overheat and cause a fire or damage equipment.