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What are Method Statements and how do I write them?

A method statement is a method of control that is used after a risk assessment of an operation has been carried out. The method statement is used to control the operation and to ensure that all concerned are aware of the hazards associated with the work and the safety precautions to be taken.

In addition, construction method statements are used on site. For a particular section of similar work, they detail its boundaries, materials and plant requirements and temporary works designs.

For example in the construction of a wall by pouring cement, it may include stop end and top of pour positions, type and volume of concrete, pumps and vibrators required, and the shutter designs.

Method statements, are usually written by the engineers doing the work, and they principally involve collating information from all the drawings and specifications to produce a series of large-scale sketches, giving general dimensions, positions of service and stressing ducts and reinforcement.

They also contain information concerning the order and method of construction with reference to work procedures. On some sites they are in fact a contractual requirement, requiring submission to the resident engineer.

Checklists, included with the work procedures, may be used to control construction.

They list all the quality requirements for a piece of work, reminding the site engineer of what is required, and ensuring that he/she checks his/her work before signing it off.

Examples of Method Statements for a Tender. or Contract, may be as follows:

Working in Occupied Premises (HA10)

Hazards

Risk Rating

Danger to Electricians from occupied premises activities Medium
Danger of occupied premises staff from electricians activities Medium
Noise High
Dust High
Falling over site materials High

Planned Methods To Reduce Risks

* All staff and subcontractors will be fully briefed as to the site hazards before any work is commenced.
* All works areas to be segregated and barriers erected as necessary
* Dust barriers will be erected as necessary.
* A programme of works to be drawn up with all parties informed.
* Materials to be stored in designated areas

Working at Heights (HA6)

Hazards
Risk Rating
Danger of personnel falling High
Danger of falling objects to personnel below High

Planned Methods To Reduce Risks

* Suitable access will be provided to the working area, and shall be inspected at regular intervals.
* All operatives working on site shall wear safety helmets at all times.
* Edge protection will be provided as necessary
* Signs and barriers will be positioned directly below the works to warn and prevent access to the working area.
* All current legislation and codes of practice concerned with working at heights, will be strictly complied with.
* Training and instruction will be given to staff on the usage of lines and harnesses.
* To dispose of debris, chutes will be used.