Method Statement for Small Building Works

A full 5 page Method Statement for small building works is available HERE

This  is an example  basic method statement suitable for small building projects, it contains generic workplace methods and

should contain any site related risks and any other specific work items not covered.

For small building projects there should be sufficient risk assessments carried out and any risks studied to determine procedures to reduce

the risks, an obvious first stage are the Safe Work Method Statements, these should be compiled for the project in addition to the risk assessments.

The main areas that would need to be addressed are:-

  • Site fencing and workers access.
  • Excavations
  • Foundations
  • Concrete Slabs
  • Brick and blockwork
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Roofing
  • Electrical and Plumbing
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Manual handling, Slips trips and falls, work at height etc.


Method Statement

Contract Name:                Ref:

Description of Works: (Main objective) Small Building Works

Expected Start and End Dates:

Assessment Date:           Assessed By:

Approved By:

Associated Health, Safety and Environmental Assessments:-

( Risk Assessments, COSHH Assessments etc) RA- Slips trips and falls, Work at Height, Manual Handling, Abrasive Wheels.

Reducing  Risk- Steps that can be taken to reduce risks associated with this task/s

             Strict PPE and constant supervision.

             Uses of propriety scaffolding systems and/or airbags.

             Trained and experienced persons to undertake required works.

Labour:- ( Number of persons)(If Required List All Labour and their trades)

 5 with 7 Max


Plant, Tools & Equipment:-

(List all) Chemicals:-

(Ensure COSHH completed if reqd.)

Hand Tools/ Power Tools (110V)

General builders equipment

Short step ladders

Trestles/work platforms.

COSHH completed for Products used if required.

Welfare Facilities :

(Toilets, Washing Facilities & Drinking Water)      First Aid Facilities:

(First Aider, Location of First Aid Box)

Onsite Mobile unit ( mobile home)

Services toilets.

First Aid box and named first aider info within site mobile unit.


Work Method

(Key steps & stages of the work required)


             Each stage is to be planned and work carried out in a logical manner.

             All existing services to be isolated and checked before works.

             Works will be carried out by trained and experienced persons

             Scaffolding erected by qualified persons, to be inspected daily

             No un-authorized persons allowed on site during works, steps to be taken to ensure public are kept out of work areas.

             Area Inspected before works commence daily, and at suitable intervals during the day.

             Any work on ladders/scaffold to be planned, floors to be level and

             Warning signs if required.

             PPE to be worn at all times. (personal protective equipment) Gloves, face masks etc.

             All areas to be kept clean and tidy at all times to reduce tripping and slipping.

             All waste materials to be placed in designated skips and removed by licensed waste carriers only.

 Briefing or Tool Box Talk record

(This method statement should be used to brief all persons involved in the works. They should add their name and signature to show they have received and understood this method statement.)





Risk Assessment
Small Building Works