'High risk construction work' is defined as construction work that involves (or is likely to involve):
- a risk of a person falling more than three metres
- demolition of an element of a structure that is load-bearing or otherwise related to the physical integrity of the structure
- the disturbance of asbestos
- structural alterations or repairs that require temporary support to prevent collapse
- the use of explosives
- tilt-up or precast concrete
- diving work.
It also includes construction work that is carried out:
- on a telecommunication tower
- in or near a confined space
- in or near a shaft or trench with an excavated depth greater than 1.5 metres, or a tunnel
- on or near pressurised gas distribution mains or piping
- on or near chemical, fuel or refrigerant lines
- on or near energised electrical installations or services
- in an area that may have a contaminated or flammable atmosphere
- on, in or adjacent to a road, railway, shipping lane or other traffic corridor that is in use by traffic other than pedestrians
- in an area at a workplace in which there is any movement of powered mobile plant
- in an area in which there are artificial extremes of temperature
- in or near water or other liquid that involves a risk of drowning.
Safe Work Method Statements
A High Risk Construction Work Safe Work Method Statement is a document, prepared in consultation with relevant people at a workplace, which accounts for the specific circumstances that may affect the way in which high risk construction work is done. It includes the following requirements:
- A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) that includes the carrying out of high risk construction work must ensure that a Safe Work Method Statement for the proposed work is prepared, or has already been prepared by another person, before any such work starts.
- The principal contractor for a construction project must take all reasonable steps to obtain a copy of the Safe Work Method Statement relating to high risk construction work before the work starts.
A Safe Work Method Statement must:
- identify the work that is high risk construction work
- specify hazards relating to the high risk construction work and risks to health and safety associated with those hazards
- describe the measures to be implemented to control the risks
- describe how the control measures are to be implemented, monitored and reviewed
- take into account all relevant matters, including circumstances at the workplace that may affect the way in which the high risk construction work is carried out
- take into account the Work Health and Safety Management Plan prepared for the workplace, if the high risk construction work is carried out in connection with a construction project
- be set out and expressed in a way that is readily accessible and understandable by people use it.