The Loading & Unloading Cattle Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document outlining the safety steps for the loading and unloading cattle from a semi-trailer or truck by the transporter (truck operator).
This SWMS does not cover policies and procedures in respect to animal health and welfare management and associated legislative requirements.
This SWMS does not cover removing down, sick or injured cattle from the truck; cattle handling in the yards; or day-to-day mustering activities or cattle management.
- Struck by animal (stampede, stomping, kicking etc.)
- Animal attack
- Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) from hazardous manual tasks
- Falls – from truck
- Struck by vehicle
- Slips, trips, falls (from same level)
- Exposure to Zoonoses – Q Fever, Tetanus
- Electrocution – Overhead Power Lines
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.
When in the pen with cattle:
- Avoid getting in front of the beast as much as possible
- Stay out of the way of moving beasts
- Work towards the back of the pen and push cattle forward
- Use the Cattle Prod when required
- Use voice to encourage beasts to move and to keep them as calm as possible
- Jump up onto the side of the pen if charged
- Be aware of where the cattle are in the pen
- Constantly monitor the mood and behaviour of the beasts you are close to
Use extra precautions for bulls, and cows with calves.
Avoid getting in front of the beast when in the loading race or receiving yard.
Keep an eye on what is happening with the other cattle in the truck.
Use all available gates & hock bars to stop cattle reversing.
Walk down the ramp or catwalk only when required to encourage the cattle to move forward.