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FREE Lighting Tower SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Lighting Tower SOP Example

Purpose of Document

Lighting Tower SOPs outline a safe operating procedure for lighting tower use. The SOP can also be used as a training and induction document. The primary goal is to protect workers from injury or illness by outlining a safe system of work and providing adequate training and instruction. This form is broadly aligned with AS45001:2018.

How to Use

This Lighting Tower SOP should be communicated to workers before they complete the task. A hard copy can also be displayed in the workplace or provided at the workface. You can also use this document during the induction or onboarding process. This document is a template only and should be customised for your business.

When to Use

Workers should read and agree to comply with the Lighting Tower SOP prior to operation within your business. It can also be used for refresher training periodically.

Who Should Use

Lighting tower SOPs should be developed by a competent person. The SOP is then read and followed by the worker completing the task. New workers should also read and understand the SOPs during the induction or onboarding process.

Legal Considerations

There is no specific legal requirement to have a documented Safe Operating Procedure (SOP). However, it is best practice, as having SOPs can assist in meeting general legal duties, including:

  • s(19)(3)c WHS Act – Duty to Provide Safe Systems of Work
  • s(19)(3)d WHS Act – Duty to Ensure Safe Use of Plant
  • s(19)(3)f WHS Act – Duty to Provide Adequate Information, Training, Instruction and Supervision
  • s(39) WHS Regulations – Duty to Provide Adequate Information, Training, and Instruction
  • s(203) WHS Regulations – Management of Risks to Health and Safety (PCBUs with management or control of plant)

The Code of Practice “Managing risks of plant in the workplace” states that employers (PCBUs) must provide workers with information, training, and instruction as necessary to protect them from risks arising from the use of the plant.


What is a lighting tower?

A lighting tower, also known as a light tower or mobile light plant, is a portable lighting system typically mounted on a trailer or skid and equipped with high-intensity lamps or floodlights.

What is a lighting tower used for?

It’s commonly used in construction sites, outdoor events, emergency response situations, and remote work areas to provide temporary illumination during nighttime or low-light conditions. What hazards are involved in using a lighting tower?

Some hazards that are involved in lighting tower use include:

  • Electrical shock
  • Fire
  • Falls or slips
  • Noise

What are some safety controls that can be utilised during lighting tower use?

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Ensuring proper grounding
  • Regular maintenance
  • Wearing PPE
  • Operator training

Did you know?

The lighting tower, essential in construction, events, and emergencies, has a fascinating history. Early versions featured lanterns atop tall poles for outdoor illumination. However, the modern lighting tower emerged in the late 19th century with electric lighting advancements. These towers, powered by diesel engines or generators, provided portable illumination. Since then, they’ve become crucial in various industries, offering temporary lighting for construction, events, roadworks, and emergencies. Modern models boast features like adjustable height and energy-efficient LED lamps, ensuring safety and visibility even in remote areas.

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