Call 1300 877 609 to find out about the latest offers available.

Hydraulic Jackhammer Safe Work Method Statement


SWMS document delivered by email instantly.
Simply add your company logo.
Effortlessly add or delete information on any SWMS template.
Delivered in Microsoft Word format for easy editing.
Comply with Australian & New Zealand legislation.
Edit documents on the fly with the Microsoft Office Mobile App.
You only pay once, with unlimited use.

Hydraulic Jackhammer Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing the Hydraulic Jackhammer Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) – your comprehensive guide to ensuring a safe and productive work environment. Our SWMS is designed to assist you in identifying, assessing and controlling hazards associated with using a hydraulic jackhammer, and ensuring your team has the appropriate training, PPE and resources to carry out their tasks safely and effectively.

Key features of our SWMS include:

Pre-filled and Comprehensive: Our SWMS comes pre-filled with all the necessary details, saving you time and ensuring that all the necessary steps are covered. It includes a step-by-step guide to working with a hydraulic jackhammer, ensuring that nothing is left out.

Fully Editable and Customisable: Our SWMS is provided in Microsoft Word format, so it can be easily edited and customised to suit your specific needs. This makes it a flexible tool that can be tailored to meet the unique requirements of your project.

Includes Scope and Project Details: Our SWMS includes all the relevant details of the project, ensuring that everyone involved is aware of the scope of work and any specific requirements.

Checklist of High Risk Machinery: Our SWMS includes a checklist of any high-risk machinery that will be used on site, ensuring that the appropriate measures are in place to control the associated hazards.

Recording Staff Training: Our SWMS includes a space for recording staff training, ensuring that everyone has the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out their tasks safely.

Before and After Risk Ratings: Our SWMS includes before and after risk ratings, allowing you to track the effectiveness of the controls you have put in place.

Legislative References: Our SWMS includes resources for the use of legislative references, ensuring that you are fully compliant with relevant regulations.

All PPE Required: Our SWMS includes a list of all the PPE required for the task, ensuring that everyone has the necessary protection to carry out their work safely.

Risk Assessment and Matrix: Our SWMS includes a risk assessment and risk assessment matrix, allowing you to identify and evaluate the hazards associated with the task.

Checklist for Implementation: Our SWMS includes a checklist to ensure that all the necessary requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS.

Sign Off Page: Our SWMS includes a sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons, ensuring that everyone is aware of their responsibilities and has agreed to the terms of the SWMS.

Easy to Use and Customise: Our SWMS is easy to use and customise, ensuring that you can quickly and easily implement it on your project.

Suitable for Large Contracts and Tenders: Our SWMS is suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work.

Instant Download: Our SWMS is available for instant download, ensuring that you can access it whenever you need it.

Our SWMS is the perfect tool for ensuring a safe and productive work environment when using a hydraulic jackhammer. It provides a comprehensive guide to identifying, assessing and controlling hazards associated with the task, and ensures that everyone has the necessary skills, knowledge and resources to carry out their work safely. So why wait? Download our SWMS today and start working safer and more productively!

Here is some safety information related to working with a hydraulic jackhammer.


  • Hearing loss from exposure to high noise levels
  • Hand and arm injuries from vibration and repetitive motions
  • Eye injuries from flying debris
  • Respiratory problems from dust inhalation
  • Trip and fall hazards from cords and hoses
  • Electrocution from contact with live wires

Risk Assessment:

Before commencing work, a risk assessment must be conducted to identify potential hazards and risks associated with using a hydraulic jackhammer. The risk assessment must consider:

  • The type of work to be performed
  • The location of the worksite
  • The condition of the equipment
  • The competency of the workers involved

Control Measures:

The following control measures must be implemented to mitigate the identified hazards:

  • Hearing protection must be worn by all workers when using a hydraulic jackhammer. This includes earplugs or earmuffs that are suitable for the level of noise exposure.
  • Workers must be trained in the correct use of the jackhammer and must be competent in its operation.
  • The jackhammer must be regularly maintained and checked for defects before each use.
  • Workers must wear suitable personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, eye protection, and respiratory protection when necessary.
  • The worksite must be cleared of any trip hazards and kept clean and tidy.
  • All cords and hoses must be securely fastened to prevent trip hazards.
  • Live wires must be identified and isolated before work commences.


The following procedures must be followed when using a hydraulic jackhammer:

  1. Conduct a pre-start check of the jackhammer to ensure it is in good working order and that all safety features are functioning correctly.
  2. Wear the appropriate PPE, including hearing protection, eye protection, gloves, and respiratory protection when necessary.
  3. Identify and isolate any live wires in the work area.
  4. Ensure the worksite is clear of trip hazards and that all cords and hoses are securely fastened.
  5. Position the jackhammer on a stable surface and ensure it is securely anchored.
  6. Start the jackhammer according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Hold the jackhammer firmly with both hands and maintain a stable stance.
  8. Keep the jackhammer perpendicular to the work surface to prevent kickback.
  9. Avoid overreaching and maintain a comfortable working position to prevent strain injuries.
  10. Stop work immediately if any safety concerns arise.

Emergency Procedures:

In the event of an emergency, the following procedures must be followed:

  • Stop work immediately and turn off the jackhammer.
  • Call for assistance from the designated first aider or emergency services if necessary.
  • Evacuate the area if there is a risk of further injury or harm.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hey there, my friends! Today we’re going to talk about something that can be a real lifesaver, but also something that can be quite dangerous if not handled properly. That’s right, we’re talking about hydraulic jackhammers.

Now, I know some of you may be thinking, “What’s the big deal? It’s just a tool.” But let me tell you, these things can be incredibly powerful and can cause serious injury if not used correctly. So, let’s dive into some of the dangers and safety recommendations when working with a hydraulic jackhammer.

First things first, it’s important to know what a hydraulic jackhammer actually is. Essentially, it’s a tool that uses hydraulic power to break up concrete, rock, or other hard materials. It’s commonly used in construction and demolition work, but can also be used for other applications like mining.

Now, let’s talk about some of the dangers associated with using a hydraulic jackhammer. One of the biggest risks is the potential for flying debris. When the jackhammer is breaking up material, pieces can fly off in all directions, potentially hitting the operator or other workers nearby. This is why it’s critical to wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) like eye protection, hard hats, and steel-toed boots.

Another danger is the risk of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). This is a condition that can develop over time from prolonged use of vibrating tools like jackhammers. It can cause numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands and arms, and can even lead to permanent damage. To reduce the risk of HAVS, it’s important to take breaks and switch hands frequently when using a jackhammer.

In addition to these dangers, there’s also the risk of electrical shock if the jackhammer is not properly grounded. And if the hydraulic lines are damaged or ruptured, there’s a risk of hydraulic fluid spraying out and potentially causing chemical burns or other injuries.

So, what can you do to stay safe when working with a hydraulic jackhammer? Here are some recommendations:

  1. Wear proper PPE: As I mentioned earlier, it’s crucial to wear the right PPE when working with a jackhammer. This includes eye protection, hard hats, and steel-toed boots. You may also want to consider wearing ear protection, as jackhammers can be quite loud.
  2. Take breaks and switch hands: To reduce the risk of HAVS, it’s important to take frequent breaks and switch hands when using a jackhammer. This can help reduce the amount of vibration your hands and arms are exposed to.
  3. Check the equipment: Before using a jackhammer, make sure it’s in good working condition. Check the hydraulic lines for any signs of damage or wear, and make sure it’s properly grounded.
  4. Use the right technique: When using a jackhammer, it’s important to use the right technique to avoid unnecessary strain on your body. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart, and use your whole body to guide the tool instead of just your arms.
  5. Work with a partner: If possible, work with a partner when using a jackhammer. This can help reduce the risk of injury if something goes wrong, and can also help you stay focused on the task at hand.
  6. Stay alert: Finally, it’s important to stay alert and aware of your surroundings when using a jackhammer. Keep an eye out for any potential hazards, and communicate with your coworkers to make sure everyone is on the same page.

So, there you have it, my friends. A quick rundown of the dangers and safety recommendations when working with a hydraulic jackhammer. Remember, this is a powerful tool that can be incredibly helpful, but it’s important to use it safely and responsibly. Stay safe and always prioritise your own well-being and that of those around you. By following these recommendations and staying aware of the potential dangers, you can make sure that everyone goes home at the end of the day without any injuries.

Now, I know that some of you out there may be thinking, “But Gary, I’m experienced with using jackhammers. I know what I’m doing.” And that’s great, my friend. But even experienced professionals can still be at risk of injury if they become complacent or take unnecessary risks. So, it’s always a good idea to review the safety recommendations and make sure you’re doing everything you can to stay safe.

And for those of you who are just starting out with jackhammers, don’t worry. With the right training and guidance, you can learn to use this tool safely and effectively. Just remember to take it slow, ask questions if you’re not sure about something, and always prioritise safety.

In conclusion, a hydraulic jackhammer is a powerful tool that can be incredibly helpful in certain applications. But it’s also a tool that comes with its fair share of risks. By wearing proper PPE, taking breaks, using the right technique, and staying aware of your surroundings, you can minimize those risks and stay safe on the job. So, keep these recommendations in mind, my friends, and stay safe out there!


Hydraulic Jackhammer Safe Work Method Statement

Total Inc GST


After working for larger companies that take their safety seriously, Bluesafe’s documentation was on par with these companies. You’ve given us the ability to access the same sort of resources that only bigger companies have access to.

Warren Kingsley
Alstain Sheetmetal


I was very impressed with both the service and the turnaround time in dealing with Bluesafe. I was up and running with minimal fuss.

Dr Doug Josephides
Bayside Natural Medicine


You guys added real value with the required documentation that was high quality, affordable, very well put together and easy to implement. By the way, we secured our government tender for another seven years.

Rodney Prendergast
MMLA Group


Getting through an audit can be a daunting experience. Bluesafe’s documentation made the experience so much easier than we had anticipated and we passed the audit without any issues whatsoever. Thanks again, highly appreciated.

Brock Richards
Richards Quality Projects


Thanks so much for the quick response! Not only are the documents comprehensive, but on the same morning my audit was due I received the support I needed within the hour. Highly recommended!

Kathie Gorman
Kaygee Home and Community Support


From the initial contact we’ve had with Bluesafe we’ve found that your customer service, product quality and the after sales support to have been nothing short of excellent. You’ve given us a great customer experience.

Glenn King
Turnco Office Furniture


I just want to say a heartfelt thanks to the team at Bluesafe. Thank you so much for your service, help and support… We passed our NDIS audit!

Dr Scott Ling
Sustain Health


Need some help?

Phone Support
Monday to Friday
8:30am – 5pm
1300 877 609

Email Support
Monday to Friday
8:30am – 5pm
[email protected]

Support Ticket
Monday to Friday
8:30am – 5pm

Create a Support Ticket