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Rail Maintenance – Re-sleepering SWMS

Rail Maintenance – Re-sleepering SWMS

Product SKU: 10314
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  • Assists with compliance requirements for WHS inspections
  • Review Date: 14 March 2014

Rail - Resleepering Information:

The Rail - Resleepering Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document outlining the safety steps for the resleepering of rail tracks. 

This SWMS involves general hazards/risks associated with re-sleepering activities on rail tracks, including removal/disposal of timber sleepers, removal/collection of steel sleepers and installation of timber/concrete or steel sleepers as required. This SWMS does not cover the operation of mobile plant in sufficient detail. Dedicated SWMS should be developed for these tasks, and for any risks not covered in this SWMS.

Main hazards:

  • Vehicular collision
  • Hit by moving vehicle
  • Electric shock
  • Struck by moving/ejected object
  • Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) from hazardous manual tasks
  • Crushing injuries associated with loads

The Rail - Resleepering Work Method Statement can be used as part of your WHS inductions, for Tool box talks or tender applications.

The Rail - Resleepering includes:

  • PPE
  • Safety Notes
  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Pre-Operational Inspection
  • Loading/Unloading sleeper transport vehicle
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Emergency Plan
  • Review
  • References

Pre-Operational Inspection: (extract only)

  • Electrical:
    • Use electrical equipment protected by RCD (safety-switches). Note: Do not use plugtop RCD's fitted to power tools as the RCD cannot be tested.
    • Ensure switchboards have appropriately rated circuit breaker.
    • Ensure leads are not damaged - along the entire length of the lead and extension lead.
    • Do not run leads along ground, near sharp edges, across pathways or hang them over metal structures. Use pendants, lead stands or insulated cable hangers.
    • Add extra power points to negate need for extension leads.
    • Ensure all equipment and leads are tested and tagged as required for use.
    • Do not use electrical equipment in wet or damp areas or in inclement weather.
    • Store all electrical equipment in a dry area.
    • Keep electrical cords clear of excessive heat, oil, sharp edges (including moving parts of tools)
  • Spike Puller:
    • Guards in place, prevent access to danger area
    • Pressure gauge functional, legible
    • Unit secured to trolley adequately (cannot twist to align with rail/tie plate surface during pull)
    • Hoses/coupling secured, undamaged, no leaks
    • Trigger control functional, not locked to "on"
    • Controls labeled/legible
    • Suitable capacity for task
    • Lubricated as per manufacturer's requirements
    • Operation manual/safe work procedures on site
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