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 Masonry blockwork - Cutting masonry blocks safe work method statement/job safety analysis  

Cutting of masonry blocks with a block saw

A block saw is a tool used to perform quick and accurate cutting of masonry materials, masonry blocks, etc.

Commercial block cutting saws are typically available in two general types of saws:

  • Drop saw (rotating blade) - Materials are cut when the rotating saw blade is pulled in a controlled downwards motion onto a work piece whilst held securely against a fence or where the operator works a slide table causing the material to be cut by a stationary blade
  • Table saw - Table base capable of sliding, enabling the masonry material to be pushed onto the stationary rotating blade.

Uses

A block saw may be used in the performance of a work task to:
  • Cut masonry materials to a required length, depth or angle;
  • Undertake the trenching of masonry materials to a required depth.

Tasks

Tasks associated with the operation of a block saw would include:

  • Pre-operational inspection of a block saw to ensure plant is in good order, safe to use and all guards, handles and safety mechanisms are fitted and operational;
  • Inspection of electrical cable where the block saw is an electrical tool to determine whether the cable and plug is in good order or needs replacing;
  • Connection of electrical extension lead to an approved safety switch; and
  • Testing of safety switch.
  • Re-fueling and lubrication of saw where the block saw is a petrol operated tool;
  • Inspection of cutting blade to determine whether blade is in good order or needs replacing;
  • Fit and secure a cutting blade correctly to a block saw;
  • Removal and fitting of guard/s and handles associated with the body of the block saw;
  • Safe operation of block saw in performance of a specific task;
  • Specific controls to be implemented when using a block saw in the performance of a task;
  • Hazardous manual tasks and ergonomic issues associated with the handling of masonry materials and operation of block saw;
  • Selection of personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Conduct a hazard identification of the task being performed;
  • Compliance with specific controls as per a work health and safety regulation, code of practice, standard;
  • Assess risk to workers undertaking the handling of masonry materials and operation of a block saw.

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 Example Safe work method statement / job safety analysis for the cutting of masonry blocks  

The sample safe work method statement is an extract of the first two identified health and safety hazards for the cutting of masonry blocks.

  • The business logo and administrative details you provide at time of purchase shall replace those that you see in the sample safe work method statement/job safety analysis.

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 Masonry blockwork - Cutting masonry blocks safe work method statement  

 Hazard  
 Risk/outcome  
 Control measures  
 Implementation of controls  
Consultation not undertaken with workers as to the operation and use of a block saw to cut masonry blocks.Workers shall be exposed to risk of death, serious injury or illness where the operation or use of a block saw to cut masonry blocks is performed or undertaken incorrectly.

Sustainable injuries/illnesses would include but not be limited to:

  • First aid medical treatment for cuts and abrasions;
  • Electrocution;
  • Loss of limb;
  • Musculoskeletal injuries;
  • Respiratory disease;
  • Facial injuries; and
  • Permanent disability.

Damage to plant.

The operation and use of a block saw to cut masonry blocks shall be undertaken in accordance with any manufacturers instruction and any instructions provided by Electrical Plumbing Group .Electrical Plumbing Group has a duty to ensure the health and safety of themselves, workers and other persons.
  • Workers operating a block saw to cut masonry blocks shall be provided information, instruction, training and supervision as to the correct method by which a block saw shall be operated or used in the performance of a task.
  • At no time shall masonry materials be cut using a dry method, as this will generate dust-containing silica, hazardous to the user of the saw and persons within the immediate vicinity;
  • Masonry materials shall where practicable be cut with a block saw capable of cutting the material whilst water is injected on the blade, this shall reduce the emission of silica dust.

Consultation

Consultation shall occur between line management, workers and health and safety representatives as to the safe method of operating and using a block saw to cut masonry blocks.

The process of consultation shall assess the hazards generated from the operation of a block saw and take into consideration:

  • A review of all tasks associated with the operation of a block saw to cut masonry blocks to identify potential hazards associated with the works;
  • Environmental hazards and risks to workers e.g. steel starter bars;
  • Plant and equipment e.g.block saw to cut masonry blocks;
  • Conduct a risk assessment to identify all potential hazards and risks associated with the operation of a block saw to cut masonry blocks;
  • Is the operation of a block saw necessary;
  • Could an alternative tool be used with less risk to the user;
  • Pre-operational inspection of block saw;
  • Selection of the correct cutting blade e.g. type, size, etc dependant upon material to be cut;
  • Fitment of safety mechanisms to the block saw e.g. guards, deadman switch, fence;
  • Hazardous chemicals, substances and products used in the cutting of masonry blocks;
  • Hazardous manual tasks associated with the operation of a block saw to cut masonry blocks;
  • PPE required when using a block saw to cut masonry materials;
  • Are workers at risk of serious injury when operating or using a block saw;
  • Hazardous manual tasks associated with the operation of a block saw.

Electrical Plumbing Group shall make a prepared for the operation and use of a block saw to cut masonry materials available for perusal by workers.

Residual risk

Following the implementation of controls the risk should reduce to:

 Hazard  
 Risk/outcome  
 Control measures  
 Implementation of controls  
Introduction of hazards generated from the operation of a block saw to cut masonry materials as a result of implementing proposed control measures. Workers shall be exposed to risk of death, serious injury or illness where hazards are created as a result of implementing proposed control measures.

Sustainable injuries/illnesses would include but not be limited to:

  • First aid medical treatment for cuts and abrasions;
  • Electrocution;
  • Loss of limb;
  • Musculoskeletal injuries;
  • Skin penetrating injuries;
  • Respiratory disease
  • Facial injuries; and
  • Permanent disability.

Damage to plant.

Control measures as per the hierarchy of controls shall be developed and implemented where additional hazards are generated from the operation of a block saw to cut masonry materials.
Electrical Plumbing Group shall ensure hazards generated as a result of operating a block saw to cut masonry materials are identified with the hazard controlled.

Control measures

To prevent risk of death, serious injury or illness to workers and other persons, the person with management or control of the works shall ensure:

  • The risk of death, serious injury or illness resulting due to the conduct of the task is assessed to determine a persons exposure;
  • Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, serious injury or illness to persons shall be developed in consultation with workers;
  • Control measures as per the hierarchy of controls shall be implemented to prevent, or minimise a persons level of exposure to risk of death, serious injury or illness;
  • Workers undertaking the performance of a task requiring the operation of a block saw to cut masonry materials shall be trained as to any new control/s to be implemented and informed as to the hazard notification process should additional hazards be identified.

Residual risk

Following the implementation of controls the risk should reduce to:

 Additional hazards and risks with the cutting of masonry blocks  

Additional hazards and risks identified with the cutting of masonry blocks for which control measures have been developed as per the risk identification process include:

  • Planning and preparation for the cutting of masonry blocks.
  • Environmental hazards at the workplace and immediate work area.
  • Plant used in the cutting of masonry blocks.
  • Working with faulty, defective or non-compliant plant.
  • Incompatible cutting blade fitted to a block saw.
  • Guards not fitted or installed to a block saw.
  • Alteration or modification of a block saw.
  • Operation of block saw without conducting a pre-operational inspection.
  • General operation and use of a block saw.
  • Operation of block saw to cut masonry blocks.
  • Silica dust generated from operating or cleaning a block saw used to cut masonry materials.
  • Hazardous chemicals and products associated with operating a block saw to cut masonry materials.
  • Hazardous manual tasks associated with the operation of a block saw to cut masonry materials.
  • Workers not provided with the required personal protective equipment and having not received instruction as to method by which to wear an article of PPE.
  • Training not provided to workers as to how to operate a block saw in the cutting of masonry materials.
  • Housekeeping of a workplace not undertaken and/or no areas assigned for the storage of materials and plant.
  • Workers not advised of specific controls to be implemented to ensure compliance with Work Health and Safety Legislation, Codes of Practice and Standards.
  • Performance of tasks and activities undertaken in connection with the cutting of masonry blocks.
  • Failure to monitor the implementation of control measures.

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  • Each user can access and view the online swms/jsa from a web capable device e.g. mobile phone with their username and password.
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  • Line management personnel can send an swms/jsa email notification to a principal contractor, pcbu's and workers advising as to the details of the workplace, principal contractor, commencement and completion dates, person with management or control and any specific controls to be implemented when cutting masonry blocks.
  • Users are notified of an amendment to the job safety analysis/work method statement via the online ohs diary and email notification.

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