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Heavy Lifting Using Forklift, Jibs, and Slings Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)



This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) details the common procedures and safety measures for heavy lifting operations using forklifts, jibs, and slings. It is designed to facilitate the documentation of safe heavy lifting activities within construction, manufacturing, and logistics sectors, where handling of heavy loads is routine. The template helps businesses document hazards and implement safety controls effectively, and is fully customisable to align with the specific needs of the business and seamlessly integrate into existing Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) management systems.


Hazards & Control Measures Covered:

  • Equipment Failure: Regular inspections and maintenance of forklifts, jibs, and slings to ensure operational safety.
  • Load Dropping: Use of correct lifting techniques, verification of load stability, and ensuring all lifting equipment is in good condition and suitable for the load.
  • Collision and Rollover: Safe operation guidelines including speed control, ensuring clear paths, and use of safety features like reverse beepers and rollover protective structures.
  • Falling Objects: Establishment of exclusion zones around lifting areas and prohibition of personnel under suspended loads.
  • Emergency Procedures: Clear guidelines on handling emergencies, including the locations of emergency equipment and the protocol for stopping work and evacuating if necessary.


Additional Resources:

This SWMS comes with a Legislation & Codes of Practice Reference List.


Key Features:

This SWMS template is crucial for businesses involved in heavy lifting, offering straightforward framework for documenting safety operations. It is easy to use and can be quickly customised to meet specific business and operational needs. The document outlines typical risk assessments and control measures to help companies manage their WHS obligations effectively.

Heavy lifting using Forklift, Jibs and slings SWMS

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  • Instant delivery via email.
  • Easily add your logo and business details.
  • Fully Editable (Microsoft Word Format).
  • Customisation instructions provided.
  • In line with Australian legislation.
  • Pay once, no ongoing subscriptions.

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