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Utility Vehicle Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing our Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) Template for Utility Vehicle, a comprehensive and pre-filled document designed to help ensure the safety of all workers on site. Our SWMS template is fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format, allowing for easy editing to meet your specific project needs. Here are some of the key features that make our template a helpful tool for any project:

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: Our SWMS template is pre-filled with all the necessary information and requirements to create a comprehensive safety plan. This helps to save time and effort when preparing the SWMS.
  • Fully Editable and Customisable: The template is fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format, allowing you to make changes to suit the specific requirements of your project.
  • Includes Scope and Project Details: The SWMS template includes the scope of the project and all relevant project details to help ensure that everyone on site is aware of what is expected of them.
  • Checklist of High-Risk Machinery: The SWMS template includes a checklist of any high-risk machinery on site, helping to identify potential hazards and implement safety measures.
  • Space for Recording Staff Training: The template includes space for recording any staff training, ensuring that all workers are adequately trained and aware of the safety procedures on site.
  • Before and After Risk Ratings: Our SWMS template includes before and after risk ratings, allowing you to track the effectiveness of safety measures implemented.
  • Legislative References: The template includes resources for use of legislative references, ensuring that your safety plan is compliant with all relevant regulations.
  • PPE Requirements: The SWMS template includes all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required on site, helping to ensure that all workers are adequately protected.
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Assessment Matrix: The template includes a risk assessment and risk assessment matrix, allowing you to identify and prioritise potential hazards.
  • Checklist for Requirements: Our SWMS template includes a checklist to ensure that all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS, helping to ensure that no important details are missed.
  • Sign-Off Page: The template includes a sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons, ensuring that everyone is aware of their responsibilities and has agreed to follow the safety plan.
  • Easy to Use: Our SWMS template is easy to use and customise, making it a helpful tool for any project.
  • Suitable for Large Contracts and Tenders: Our template is suitable for large contracts and Tenders, including tier 1 contractual work, making it a valuable tool for any organisation.
  • Instantly Delivered Download: The SWMS template is available for instant download, allowing you to start using it immediately.

Our Safe Work Method Statement Template for Utility Vehicle is designed to help ensure the safety of all workers on site, providing a comprehensive safety plan that is easy to use and customise. While we cannot guarantee that accidents will not occur, we are committed to providing a tool that can help reduce the risks and ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Here is some safety information regarding utility vehicles.


This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) outlines the steps and procedures for the safe operation of a utility vehicle on a worksite. A utility vehicle is defined as a motor vehicle designed for off-road use, including but not limited to quad bikes, side-by-sides, and four-wheel drive vehicles.


The hazards associated with utility vehicle operations include, but are not limited to:

  • Collision with other vehicles, pedestrians or objects
  • Overturning or rolling
  • Loss of control on uneven or unstable ground
  • Exposure to dust, fumes, and other airborne contaminants
  • Falls or trips while mounting or dismounting the vehicle
  • Injuries from operating machinery or equipment mounted on the vehicle
  • Striking underground services, structures, or other obstacles
  • Getting stuck in mud, sand or other soft ground

Risk Assessment:

Before any utility vehicle operation, a risk assessment must be conducted to identify and evaluate the hazards and risks associated with the task. Control measures must then be implemented to reduce or eliminate those risks.

Control Measures:

The following control measures must be implemented during utility vehicle operations:

  • Only trained and authorised personnel may operate a utility vehicle
  • A pre-start check must be conducted on the vehicle before each use, and any defects must be reported and rectified before the vehicle is used
  • All personnel operating a utility vehicle must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including a helmet, eye protection, and appropriate clothing and footwear
  • Seatbelts must be worn at all times when operating the vehicle
  • The maximum number of passengers on the vehicle must not exceed the manufacturer’s specifications
  • Load limits must not be exceeded, and loads must be appropriately secured and distributed to prevent instability or loss of control
  • All machinery or equipment mounted on the vehicle must be properly secured and operated by trained personnel
  • The speed of the vehicle must be appropriate for the terrain, visibility, and traffic conditions
  • Operators must be aware of and comply with all traffic laws and site rules
  • Operators must keep a safe distance from other vehicles, personnel, and obstacles
  • Operators must be vigilant and aware of changing site conditions, such as weather, ground conditions, and terrain
  • Emergency procedures must be in place and communicated to all personnel operating a utility vehicle, including the location of first aid equipment and emergency services.


All personnel who operate a utility vehicle must undergo training and be assessed as competent before operating a vehicle. The training must cover the following topics:

  • Hazard identification and risk assessment
  • Safe operation of the vehicle, including pre-start checks and basic maintenance
  • Personal Protective Equipment requirements
  • Load distribution and securement
  • Machinery and equipment mounted on the vehicle
  • Traffic laws and site rules
  • Emergency procedures.


All personnel operating a utility vehicle must be provided with and read the SWMS for utility vehicle operations. A copy of the SWMS must be kept on site and made available to relevant personnel, including regulators and auditors.


The SWMS for utility vehicle operations must be reviewed and updated regularly, or whenever there is a significant change in the work, site, or legislation. Reviews must be conducted by a competent person and documented.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hey there, Gary here. Today, let’s talk about a very important topic that all businesses should be aware of – the enforcement of Safe Work Method Statements.

Firstly, let’s define what a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is. In Australia, a SWMS is a written document that outlines the high-risk construction work activities and the hazards and risks associated with these activities. It also details the control measures that will be implemented to minimize the risks and ensure the safety of workers on the job site.

The purpose of a SWMS is to ensure that everyone involved in a high-risk construction work activity understands the hazards and risks associated with the work, and the control measures that must be implemented to ensure their safety. SWMS are mandatory for all high-risk construction work activities in Australia.

Now, let’s talk about the enforcement of SWMS. Employers have a legal obligation to ensure that SWMS are prepared and implemented for all high-risk construction work activities that are being undertaken by their employees or contractors. Employers must ensure that the SWMS is reviewed and updated as necessary, and that it is readily accessible to all workers on the job site.

It is important to note that failure to comply with the requirements of a SWMS can result in serious consequences. Employers can face fines and legal action, and workers can be put at risk of injury or death. The cost of not complying with SWMS requirements is simply not worth it.

To ensure that SWMS are enforced, it is important that employers take the necessary steps to educate their employees and contractors on the importance of SWMS and the consequences of non-compliance. Employers must also ensure that they are complying with all relevant legislation and regulations, and that they are providing their workers with the necessary training and resources to implement and follow SWMS.

In addition to education and training, employers should also consider implementing a system of regular audits and inspections to ensure that SWMS are being followed and that workers are complying with the control measures outlined in the SWMS. Employers should also encourage workers to report any issues or concerns related to SWMS compliance, and to provide feedback on the effectiveness of the control measures that have been implemented.

Ultimately, the enforcement of SWMS is essential to ensuring the safety of workers on high-risk construction work activities. It is the responsibility of employers to ensure that SWMS are prepared, implemented, and enforced for all high-risk construction work activities, and that workers are provided with the necessary education, training, and resources to comply with the requirements of the SWMS.

In conclusion, the enforcement of SWMS is a crucial aspect of ensuring workplace safety in Australia. Employers have a legal obligation to prepare and implement SWMS for all high-risk construction work activities, and failure to comply with these requirements can result in serious consequences. By educating workers, implementing regular audits and inspections, and providing the necessary training and resources, employers can ensure that SWMS are being enforced and that workers are safe on the job site. Remember, workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility.


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