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Cable Trailer Safe Work Method Statement

Looking for a comprehensive and pre-filled Cable Trailer Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) on your project site? Our SWMS has got you covered! Here are some key features you can expect:

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: Our SWMS is pre-filled with important information and is designed to cover all the necessary details when it comes to using cable trailers on your project site. It’s also comprehensive, providing you with all the information you need in one document.
  • Fully Editable and Customisable: We understand that every project is unique and may require specific details to be included in the SWMS. That’s why our SWMS is fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format for easy editing.
  • Includes Scope and Project Details: Our SWMS includes the scope of your project and all project details, ensuring that you have all the necessary information in one place.
  • Includes High Risk Machinery Checklist: Our SWMS includes a checklist of any high-risk machinery that may be present on your site, helping you to identify potential hazards and risks.
  • Includes Staff Training Record: Our SWMS includes space for recording any staff training, ensuring that all workers are properly trained and prepared to work safely with cable trailers.
  • Includes Before and After Risk Ratings: Our SWMS includes before and after risk ratings, allowing you to track the effectiveness of your risk management strategies.
  • Includes Legislative References: Our SWMS includes resources for use of legislative references, ensuring that your project complies with all relevant legislation.
  • Includes PPE Requirements: Our SWMS includes all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) required for safe use of cable trailers on your project site.
  • Includes Risk Assessment and Matrix: Our SWMS includes a risk assessment and risk assessment matrix, helping you to identify and manage risks associated with using cable trailers.
  • Includes Implementation Checklist: Our SWMS includes a checklist to ensure that all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS, ensuring that you don’t miss any important details.
  • Includes Sign Off Page: Our SWMS includes a sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons, ensuring that everyone is aware of and agrees to the contents of the SWMS.
  • Easy to Use and Customise: Our SWMS is easy to use and easy to customise, making it a great solution for any project site.
  • Suitable for Large Contracts and Tenders: Our SWMS is suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work, ensuring that your project complies with all necessary safety requirements.
  • Instantly Delivered Download: Our SWMS is available as an instant download, ensuring that you can get started on your project right away.

We believe that our SWMS is a great tool to help you manage risks and ensure that your project complies with all necessary safety requirements. So why wait? Download our SWMS today and start working safely with cable trailers on your project site!

Here is some safety information related to using a cable trailer.

Hazards and Risks: Hazards associated with cable trailer operations include but are not limited to:

  • Crushing, laceration or amputation hazards from moving equipment or cables.
  • Struck-by hazards from vehicles and other equipment.
  • Electrical hazards from cables and power lines.
  • Falls from height while loading or unloading cables.
  • Fatigue and strain from manual handling of cables.

Risk Control Measures: The following risk control measures must be implemented and followed during cable trailer operations:

  • Only trained and authorised personnel are allowed to operate cable trailers and associated equipment.
  • Prior to commencing work, all equipment must be inspected to ensure it is in good working order and any defects are reported.
  • All personnel involved in cable trailer operations must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including high-visibility clothing, hard hats, safety glasses, and gloves.
  • Before commencing cable trailer operations, the area must be cordoned off and appropriate signage displayed to warn of the work being carried out.
  • Cables must be loaded and secured on the cable trailer in accordance with manufacturer instructions and relevant standards.
  • Cable trailers must be operated at a safe speed and always under the control of the operator.
  • The cable trailer operator must maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and equipment.
  • The cable trailer must be parked on level ground and secured with the parking brake applied when loading and unloading cables.
  • Manual handling of cables must be kept to a minimum, and mechanical lifting equipment must be used where possible.
  • Any cable that has been damaged or has visible defects must not be used and must be replaced immediately.
  • The cable trailer operator must ensure that any overhead power lines are identified and avoided, and must maintain a safe distance from them.
  • All personnel involved in cable trailer operations must be aware of emergency procedures, including first aid, and the location of emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers.


  • The Site Supervisor is responsible for ensuring that all cable trailer operations are carried out in accordance with this safe work method statement.
  • The cable trailer operator is responsible for the safe operation of the cable trailer and associated equipment.
  • All personnel involved in cable trailer operations are responsible for following the procedures outlined in this safe work method statement and for reporting any hazards, incidents or near misses to the Site Supervisor.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hey everyone, it’s your safety guy Gary here, and today I want to talk about something that’s been on my mind lately: the dangers of working with cable trailers. Now, if you’re not familiar with what a cable trailer is, it’s basically a heavy-duty piece of equipment used to transport and unroll large spools of cable. And while these trailers are essential for many industries, they can also be incredibly dangerous if not handled properly.

One of the biggest dangers when working with cable trailers is the potential for the trailer to tip over. These trailers are often very heavy and have a high centre of gravity, making them prone to tipping if not properly stabilised. In addition to the risk of tipping, there’s also the danger of the cable itself. If the cable is not properly secured, it can unravel quickly and create a dangerous situation for anyone in the vicinity. And if the cable snaps under tension, it can cause serious injury or even death.

So, what can you do to protect yourself and your team when working with cable trailers? Here are a few recommendations:

  1. Follow proper safety protocols: This may seem obvious, but it’s important to follow proper safety protocols when working with cable trailers. This includes wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), using proper lifting techniques, and making sure the trailer is properly stabilized before loading or unloading cable.
  2. Inspect the trailer before use: Before using a cable trailer, it’s important to inspect it thoroughly for any signs of wear or damage. This includes checking the tires, brakes, and hitch to make sure everything is in good working order. If you notice any issues, don’t use the trailer until they’ve been addressed.
  3. Use proper equipment: Make sure you’re using the right equipment for the job. This includes using the appropriate cable trailer for the weight and size of the cable you’re transporting, as well as using proper lifting equipment to load and unload the cable.
  4. Secure the cable: Always make sure the cable is properly secured before transporting or unrolling it. This includes using tie-downs or straps to keep the cable in place and prevent it from unraveling.
  5. Train your team: Make sure everyone on your team is properly trained in the use of cable trailers and understands the risks involved. This includes regular safety training and refresher courses to keep everyone up to date on best practices and protocols.
  6. Be aware of your surroundings: Finally, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings when working with cable trailers. This includes being mindful of other workers and equipment in the area, as well as any potential hazards like uneven terrain or overhead power lines.

In conclusion, working with cable trailers can be a dangerous job, but by following proper safety protocols and taking the necessary precautions, you can help minimize the risks and keep yourself and your team safe. Remember to always inspect the trailer before use, use proper equipment, secure the cable, train your team, and be aware of your surroundings. Thanks for tuning in, and until next time, stay safe out there!


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