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Formwork Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing our Formwork Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) – a comprehensive and pre-filled document designed to assist contractors in maintaining a safe and compliant worksite. With an emphasis on customisation and ease of use, our SWMS is fully editable in Microsoft Word format, making it simple for contractors to tailor the document to their specific project needs.

Key Features:

  • Comprehensive and pre-filled: Our SWMS covers all the necessary details required for a formwork project, providing a comprehensive solution to maintaining a safe and compliant worksite.
  • Fully editable and customisable: Our SWMS is editable in Microsoft Word format, allowing contractors to tailor the document to their specific project requirements with ease.
  • Includes project scope and details: Our SWMS includes a detailed breakdown of the project scope and relevant details, ensuring all workers are fully informed about the project requirements.
  • High risk machinery checklist: Our SWMS includes a checklist of any high risk machinery that may be present on the worksite, ensuring all necessary safety measures are taken.
  • Space for recording staff training: Our SWMS includes space for recording any staff training, ensuring all workers are adequately trained and prepared for the job at hand.
  • Before and after risk ratings: Our SWMS includes before and after risk ratings, allowing contractors to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their safety measures.
  • Resources for legislative references: Our SWMS includes resources for use of legislative references, ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation.
  • PPE requirements: Our SWMS includes all necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements for workers on the worksite.
  • Risk assessment and matrix: Our SWMS includes a risk assessment and matrix, allowing contractors to identify and manage potential hazards and risks.
  • Checklist for implementation: Our SWMS includes a checklist to ensure all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS, ensuring all safety measures are in place.
  • Sign off page: Our SWMS includes a sign off page for all workers and responsible persons, ensuring all workers have read and understood the document and are committed to maintaining a safe and compliant worksite.
  • Easy to use and customise: Our SWMS is easy to use and customise, allowing contractors to quickly and easily create a tailored solution for their specific project needs.
  • Suitable for large contracts and tenders: Our SWMS is suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work.
  • Instantly delivered download: Our SWMS is available as an instantly delivered download, allowing contractors to quickly and easily access the document and begin using it on their worksite.

At our core, we are dedicated to helping contractors maintain a safe and compliant worksite. Our SWMS for formwork is just one of the many tools we offer to achieve this goal.

Here is some safety information related to formwork.

Hazards: The hazards associated with formwork include:

  • Falls from heights
  • Manual handling and lifting
  • Struck by moving objects
  • Collapse of formwork
  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals
  • Electric shock

Control measures: To mitigate the hazards associated with formwork, the following control measures will be implemented:

  • All workers involved in the setting up and dismantling of formwork will be appropriately trained and licensed to operate the equipment.
  • All workers will be provided with and required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) including hard hats, safety glasses, and gloves.
  • A risk assessment will be conducted before the work begins to identify and control hazards specific to the site.
  • Safe access to and egress from the work area will be provided, including ladders, scaffolding, and temporary stairways.
  • Formwork will be designed, erected, and dismantled in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, industry standards, and relevant regulations.
  • All formwork components will be inspected for damage before use, and any defective or damaged components will be repaired or replaced before use.
  • The formwork will be braced and supported to prevent collapse or movement during use.
  • The use of hazardous chemicals, such as release agents and concrete curing compounds, will be minimised, and appropriate PPE will be worn when handling them.
  • Electrical equipment used in the vicinity of the formwork will be inspected and tested to ensure it is safe to use.

Procedure: The following steps will be followed when setting up and dismantling formwork:

  1. Conduct a risk assessment of the site and identify hazards.
  2. Identify the appropriate formwork required for the job.
  3. Check all formwork components for damage and defects before use.
  4. Erect the formwork in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and relevant regulations.
  5. Ensure the formwork is adequately braced and supported to prevent collapse or movement during use.
  6. Use appropriate PPE and safe work procedures when handling hazardous chemicals.
  7. Minimize the risk of falls from heights by providing safe access and egress, using guardrails, and using fall protection equipment when necessary.
  8. Dismantle the formwork in a controlled manner, ensuring that all workers are clear of the area before removing any components.
  9. Inspect and clean all formwork components before storage.

Emergency procedures: In the event of an emergency, such as a worker falling from height or a collapse of the formwork, the following procedures will be followed:

  1. Call for emergency assistance immediately.
  2. Secure the area to prevent further injury or damage.
  3. Provide first aid to any injured workers, if safe to do so.
  4. Conduct an investigation into the cause of the incident and implement corrective actions to prevent a recurrence.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hey, everybody! Today we’re gonna talk about something that’s not so glamorous, but it’s incredibly important: formwork safety.

If you’re in construction, you know that formwork is the temporary structure that supports a building while it’s being constructed. It’s a crucial part of the building process, but it can also be incredibly dangerous if not done correctly.

So let’s talk about some of the dangers associated with formwork. First of all, if the formwork is not designed or installed correctly, it can collapse, causing serious injury or death. This can happen if the formwork is not strong enough to support the weight of the concrete, or if it’s not properly braced.

Another danger is electrocution. If the formwork comes into contact with electrical wires or other sources of electricity, it can be incredibly dangerous. This can happen if the formwork is too close to power lines, or if workers are not aware of the location of electrical wires.

One more danger is falls. Workers can fall from formwork if they’re not properly secured, or if the formwork is not stable. This can happen if workers are not wearing the proper safety equipment, or if the formwork is not properly anchored.

Now that we’ve talked about some of the dangers associated with formwork, let’s talk about some safety recommendations. First of all, make sure that the formwork is designed by a qualified engineer who has experience with formwork. This will ensure that the formwork is strong enough to support the weight of the concrete, and that it’s properly braced.

Secondly, make sure that the formwork is installed correctly. This means that it should be level, plumb, and square, and that it’s properly anchored. If the formwork is not installed correctly, it can collapse or shift, which can be incredibly dangerous.

Thirdly, make sure that workers are properly trained on how to use the formwork. This means that they should be trained on how to properly secure themselves, how to properly brace the formwork, and how to recognise signs of instability.

Lastly, make sure that workers are wearing the proper safety equipment. This includes hard hats, safety glasses, and steel-toed boots. Workers should also be properly secured to the formwork, either by using a harness or by using a safety net.

Now, I know that all of this might seem like a hassle. It might seem like it’s slowing down the building process, and it might seem like it’s adding unnecessary costs. But let me tell you something: the cost of a formwork collapse or a serious injury is far greater than the cost of doing things right in the first place.

So let’s do things right. Let’s make sure that our formwork is designed and installed correctly, that our workers are properly trained and equipped, and that we’re taking all the necessary precautions to keep everybody safe.

At the end of the day, it’s not about cutting corners or saving a few bucks. It’s about making sure that everybody goes home safe and sound. And that’s something that we can all get behind.


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