A narrative description of work methodology that will be applied in a specific construction operation where details are required. The method statement explains in detail the works to be undertaken and that the productivity rates of the combination of equipment, manpower construction methods and techniques conform with the engineering assumptions in the development of the project schedule.
Method statements are widely used in construction as a means of controlling specific health and safety risks that have been identified (perhaps following the preparation of a risk assessment), such as lifting operations, demolition or dismantling, working at height, installing tower crane and so on.
A method statement helps manage the work and ensures that the necessary precautions have been communicated to those involved.
The process of preparing a written method statement provides evidence that:
The format in which method statements are prepared, reviewed and used by a competent person (OSH), and as part of the quality assurance (QA) system prior to its use.
Method statements should be written by a competent person who is familiar with the process being described and may need to be agreed between the client, principal contractor and contractor.
The HSE suggests that those preparing method statements should consider:
Method Statement (MS) has no definite format and may vary with work processes, It may contain the following:
The following is the outline for the preparation of the Method Statement: