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Brush Cutter Safe Work Method Statement


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Brush Cutter Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing our Brush Cutter Safe Work Method Statement! This SWMS is designed to help you ensure that your team stays safe while operating this powerful piece of equipment on site. Here are the key features that make this SWMS stand out:

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: Our SWMS comes pre-filled with all the necessary details, including the scope of the project, project details, risk assessment and risk assessment matrix, checklist of any high-risk machinery on site, and more. We’ve covered all the necessary aspects to make sure that you’re well prepared.
  • Fully Editable and Customisable: We understand that every project is unique, and that’s why our SWMS is fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format. You can easily edit it to suit your specific requirements, making it a truly bespoke solution.
  • Before and After Risk Ratings: Our SWMS includes before and after risk ratings, so you can easily track the effectiveness of your safety measures and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Staff Training and PPE: There’s space provided in our SWMS for recording any staff training, and it also includes all the PPE required for safe operation of the brush cutter. You can rest assured that your team will be well equipped and trained to carry out the task safely.
  • Legislative References and Resources: We’ve included resources for use of legislative references, so you can be sure that you’re meeting all the necessary legal requirements and standards.
  • Checklist to Ensure All Requirements Are Covered: We’ve also included a checklist to ensure that all the requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS. This will help you stay on top of all the necessary details and ensure that your team stays safe.
  • Sign-off Page: Finally, our SWMS includes a sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons. This will help you ensure that everyone is aware of the safety requirements and has agreed to comply with them.

Our SWMS is easy to use and easy to customise, making it suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work. It’s an instantly delivered download, so you can start using it right away. We hope that this SWMS will help you keep your team safe while using a brush cutter, and we’re here to help if you have any questions or concerns. Stay safe out there!

Here is some safety information related to using a brush cutter.


  • Contact with moving blades
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Flying debris
  • Noise exposure
  • Burns from hot engine components
  • Struck by falling objects

Risk Controls:

  1. PPE (Personal Protective Equipment):

All workers and operators must wear the following PPE:

  • Eye protection (safety glasses or goggles)
  • Hearing protection (earmuffs or earplugs)
  • Safety helmet
  • Steel-toed boots
  • Hi-vis vest
  • Gloves
  1. Pre-operational Checks:

Prior to use, the following checks must be conducted:

  • Check blades for damage, cracks, or wear
  • Ensure blade is securely fastened to the machine
  • Check for fuel and oil leaks
  • Check fuel and oil levels
  • Check air filter and clean if necessary
  • Check spark plug and replace if necessary
  • Check throttle and controls
  1. Safe Operating Procedures:
  • Clear the work area of debris, obstacles, and other workers.
  • Check the work area for underground services.
  • Start the machine on level ground.
  • Hold the machine securely with both hands.
  • Start the blades and check for vibration or unusual noises.
  • Use the machine at a safe distance from others.
  • Use the machine in a sweeping motion, not a chopping motion.
  • Do not operate the machine on slopes greater than 30 degrees.
  • Do not use the machine on wet or slippery surfaces.
  • Do not remove debris from the blades while the machine is running.
  • Turn off the machine before refuelling.
  • Store the machine in a secure location away from children and unauthorised users.
  1. Emergency Procedures:

In the event of an emergency, follow these procedures:

  • Turn off the machine.
  • Render first aid to any injured persons.
  • Call emergency services if necessary.
  • Report the incident to the supervisor.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hey there everyone, it’s great to be here to talk about how to evaluate the effectiveness of Safe Work Method Statements. This is a crucial topic that impacts the safety of workers in any organisation, and it’s essential to ensure that we’re taking the right steps to keep everyone safe.

First off, let me start by saying that evaluating the effectiveness of Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) is critical for any business. SWMS are documents that outline the risks associated with specific work activities and the control measures that need to be taken to minimise those risks. The aim is to identify potential hazards before they occur and to develop a plan to mitigate those risks.

The first step to evaluating the effectiveness of SWMS is to ensure that they are being followed correctly. Simply having a document in place is not enough. The SWMS should be reviewed and understood by all employees involved in the work activities. All safety measures and procedures should be carried out as outlined in the SWMS.

The second step is to ensure that the SWMS are up-to-date. This means that the document should be reviewed regularly to ensure that it reflects any changes in work processes or safety procedures. It is also essential to ensure that the SWMS is relevant to the specific work activities being carried out.

The third step is to assess the effectiveness of the SWMS in preventing accidents or incidents. This can be done by monitoring and recording incidents that occur and comparing them to the SWMS. If there is a discrepancy between the SWMS and actual incidents, then the SWMS should be reviewed and updated accordingly.

It’s also essential to assess the effectiveness of the SWMS in terms of worker engagement. Workers should be involved in the development and implementation of SWMS. Workers who are involved in the development of SWMS are more likely to follow the safety procedures outlined in the document. This will increase the effectiveness of the SWMS and reduce the risk of accidents or incidents.

In addition to the steps above, there are other factors that can impact the effectiveness of SWMS. One critical factor is the culture of the organisation. If the organisation has a strong safety culture, then workers are more likely to follow safety procedures and guidelines outlined in the SWMS. Organisations should promote a culture of safety and encourage workers to report any safety concerns or incidents.

Another factor that can impact the effectiveness of SWMS is the competency of the workers. Workers should be adequately trained to carry out work activities and understand the risks associated with those activities. If workers are not competent, then they may not follow the safety procedures outlined in the SWMS, increasing the risk of accidents or incidents.

Finally, it’s essential to ensure that SWMS are communicated effectively. Workers should be informed about the SWMS and provided with the necessary training to understand and implement the safety procedures outlined in the document. Communication channels should be established to ensure that workers can raise any concerns or questions about the SWMS.

In conclusion, evaluating the effectiveness of Safe Work Method Statements is crucial for any business. It’s not enough to have a document in place; the SWMS should be followed correctly, up-to-date, and relevant to the specific work activities being carried out. The SWMS should be assessed regularly to ensure that it’s preventing accidents or incidents effectively. Worker engagement, organisational culture, worker competency, and effective communication channels are all critical factors that impact the effectiveness of SWMS. By taking the necessary steps to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of SWMS, we can ensure the safety of workers in any organisation.


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