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 Masonry blockwork - Handling and loading of masonry blocks safe work method statement/job safety analysis  

Handling and loading of masonry blocks

A builder's labourer normally undertakes the handling, lifting and loading of masonry blocks to a working platform in readiness for a blocklayer.

Masonry blocks are available in a range of sizes, shapes and finishes depending upon what is being constructed.

  • Half height blocks.
  • Single height blocks.

Tasks

Tasks associated with the with the handling, lifting and loading of masonry blocks would include:

  • Establish location where masonry blocks are to be landed;
  • Conduct an inspection of environmental conditions to assess for the presence of hazards and risks;
  • Unload masonry blocks from truck;
  • Movement and relocation of masonry blocks using a hoisting appliance, pallet jack, etc;
  • Assess WLL or SWL of a working platform e.g. scaffolding to determine load that may be imposed on the working platform;
  • Taking into consideration the total mass of masonry blocks, persons, tools, etc;
  • Stacking of masonry blocks to ensure stability;
  • Hazardous manual tasks and ergonomic issues with the handling and loading of masonry blocks to a working platform;
  • Selection of personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • How to conduct a hazard identification of the task being performed;
  • Compliance with specific controls as per a regulation, code of practice;
  • How to assess the risk to workers undertaking the handling and loading of masonry blocks to a working platform.

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WHS compliance has never been easier with your safe work method statement or job safety analysis prepared by ex WHS Qld Government Workplace Health and Safety Inspectorate in consultation with Industry OHS Representatives to comply with Work Health and Safety Legislation, Codes of Practice, Industry Standards and Australian Standards.

As a subscriber to a WHS online safe work method statement SWMS or job safety analysis JSA you and your employees can:

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  • Never worry again about amendments, updates and versions; and
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  • That means there can be no confusion as you and your employees are all using the same safe work method statement, swms or jsa at the same time, leaving you to concentrate on your business.

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 Example Safe work method statement / job safety analysis for handling and loading of masonry blocks  

The sample safe work method statement is an extract of the first two identified health and safety hazards for the handling and loading 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 - Handling and loading masonry blocks safe work method statement  

 Hazard  
 Risk/outcome  
 Control measures  
 Implementation of controls  
Consultation not undertaken with workers as to the safe method of handling and loading of masonry blocks.Workers shall be exposed to risk of death or serious injury where the handling and loading of masonry blocks is performed or undertaken incorrectly.

Sustainable injuries would include but not be limited to:

  • First aid medical treatment for cuts and abrasions;
  • Fall from heights resulting in multiple fractures;
  • Electrocution;
  • Crushing injuries;
  • Musculoskeletal injuries; and
  • Permanent disability.

Electrical Plumbing Group shall consult workers as to the method by which the handling and loading of masonry blocks shall be undertaken.Electrical Plumbing Group has a duty to ensure the health and safety of themselves, workers and other persons.
  • Workers undertaking the handling and loading of masonry blocks, shall be provided information, instruction, training and supervision as to the correct method by which to handle and lift masonry blocks.

Consultation

Consultation shall occur between line management, workers and health and safety representatives as to the method by which to handle and lift masonry blocks.

The process of consultation shall assess hazards generated as a result of handling and loading masonry blocks, and take into consideration:

  • A review of all load shifting tasks associated with the handling and loading of masonry blocks, etc to identify potential hazards associated with the scope of works;
  • Environmental hazards and risks to workers e.g. steel starter bars;
  • Nature of work to be undertaken with respect to the handling and loading of masonry blocks;
  • Plant and equipment e.g.crane and lifting gear to lift masonry blocks;
  • Conduct a risk assessment to identify all potential hazards and risks associated with the handling and loading of masonry blocks;
  • Working at heights, prevention of tools and materials falling;
  • Heavy duty scaffold incorporating working platforms, edge protection and containment screening.
  • Handling and stacking masonry blocks to a working platform;
  • Location and voltage of overhead electrical services to be assessed, and where necessary isolated or de-energised whilst a crane is operational in the hoisting of masonry blocks;
  • Operation of a crane in an established exclusion zone for an overhead electrical service or electrical part;
  • Allocate and assign appropriate duties to a safety observer for the operation of a crane.
  • Hazardous chemicals, substances and products used in the handling and loading of masonry blocks;
  • Hazardous manual tasks associated with the handling and loading of masonry blocks;
  • Are persons at risk of serious injury when handling and loading of masonry blocks?

Electrical Plumbing Group shall make a prepared for the handling and loading of masonry blocks 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 handling and loading of masonry blocks as a result of implementing proposed control measures. Workers shall be exposed to risk of death or serious injury where hazards are created as a result of implementing proposed control measures.

Sustainable injuries would include but not be limited to:

  • First aid medical treatment for cuts and abrasions;
  • Fall from heights resulting in multiple fractures;
  • Electrocution;
  • Crushing injuries;
  • Musculoskeletal injuries; and
  • Permanent disability.
Control measures as per the hierarchy of controls shall be developed and implemented where additional hazards are generated from the handling and loading of masonry blocks.
Electrical Plumbing Group shall ensure hazards generated as a result of handling and loadng masonry blocks are identified with the hazard controlled.

Control measures

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

  • The risk of death or serious injury 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 or serious injury 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 or serious injury;
  • Workers undertaking the handling and loading of masonry blocks 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 handling and loading of masonry blocks  

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

  • Planning and preparation for the handling and loading of masonry blocks.
  • Environmental hazards at the workplace and immediate work area.
  • Plant used in the handling and lifting of masonry blocks.
  • Mechanical handling and unloading of masonry blocks from a vehicle.
  • Inspection, handling and use of lifting gear.
  • Overhead electrical services and electrical parts when operating a vehicle loading crane to lift masonry blocks.
  • Movement and relocation of masonry blocks at a workplace.
  • Working at a height when handling and loading masonry blocks to a working platform.
  • Handling and loading of masonry blocks to a work platform.
  • Hazardous chemicals and products associated with handling and loading masonry blocks.
  • Hazardous manual tasks associated with the handling and loading of masonry blocks.
  • 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 handle and load masonry blocks to a working platform.
  • 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 handling and loading of masonry blocks.
  • Failure to monitor the implementation of control measures.

How do you keep employees and clients current and up to date?

Simple each user be they an employee, contractor or client is assigned a unique username and password to access the controlled version for the handling and loading of masonry blocks jsa/swms online.

  • Each user can access and view the online swms/jsa from a web capable device e.g. mobile phone with their username and password.
  • Line management personnel can access and print the safe work method statement/job safety analysis and online jsa/swms forms.
  • 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 handling and loading masonry blocks.
  • Users are notified of an amendment to the job safety analysis/work method statement via the online ohs diary and email notification.

What we will do to get you online

As a WHS online safe work method statement or job safety analysis subscriber WHS shall:

  • Create a group user account for your business and assign the user access required by you and your employees.
  • Insert your company logo and business details throughout the online safe work method statement, swms or jsa for the purpose of work health and safety compliance.
  • Notify you if the work method statement or job safety analysis or it's safe operating procedures or methods are amended.

Ordering is simple

  1. Add the safe work method statement, job safety analysis or safe operating procedure and any additional swms's, jsa's or sop's you require to the shopping cart.

  2. Follow the checkout process, ensuring you attach your company logo in a high resolution JPEG format for inclusion in the online safe work method statement/job safety analysis.

  3. Complete your order and payment process. A Tax Invoice will be forwarded to the email address you provide.

What happens next?

Upon receipt of payment notification WHS shall:

  • Send you an email requesting any additional information we may require to create your group registration.
  • Within 2 hours, customise your online safe work method statement/job safety analysis to incorporate your company logo and relevant business details, and create the required subscriber user access and email details of usernames and passwords to you. Where our workload is excessive we reserve the right to extend this time frame to 24 hours.

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