Types of method statements
Sherratt (2015) points out the following for method statements:
A method statement sets out the plan for carrying out work tasks or a package of work
The method statement should evaluate the work step-by-step to draw out the hazards which may then be used in a risk assessment
The method statement should also contain details of the management processes that will be used to ensure that the plan is followed, and actions in case of emergency. The written method statement is often used as the plan for a safe system of work.
There are typically three types of method statements used on construction projects: a) tender method statement b) construction work method statement, and c) safety method statement.
These documents are prepared by the contracting organisation on a project and are deemed commercially-sensitive documents, so predominantly remain confidential to the contractor.
There is also another type of method statement called a ‘submission method statement’, which is designed to sell the contractor’s competence and experience to a potential client. It shows how the contract is to be carried out and identifies, for the client’s attention, potential areas to save time and money on the project.
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