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 Brickwork - Laying bricks safe work method statement/job safety analysis  

Brickwork

Brickwork is the construction of brick structures such as walls, piers, archways, etc using bricks and mortar. A bricklayer normally undertakes this type of construction work.

Bricks are commonly used in the construction of:

  • Solid brick walls - A solid brick wall with no cavity.
  • Cavity brick walls - 2 layers of bricks separated by a cavity.
  • Brick facing - A brick veneer skin tied to a structural supporting frame.

Tasks

Tasks associated with the laying of bricks include:
  • Set-out location of brick wall to be constructed;
  • Assessment of work environment for hazards and risks;
  • Protection of exposed steel reinforcement;
  • Establishment of working platforms e.g. scaffolding;
  • Setup of mortar boards relevant to working platform and work area;
  • Handling, placement, laying and finishing of bricks;
  • Cutting, placement and fixing of reinforcing mesh and ties;
  • Cutting, placement and fixing of damp proof material;
  • Working at a height when laying bricks;
  • 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 laying of bricks.

Online SWMS/JSA safe work method statement subscription service

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:

  • Access and view the work method statement, swms or jsa real time from any web capable device e.g. mobile phone, tablet, laptop, etc (for best results we recommend using the web browser Safari); and
  • Print the safe work method statement, swms or jsa sign off sheet and approval form including change management approval in a pdf format or hard-copy via the print option; and
  • Email the safe work method statement, swms or jsa notification advising a principal contractor, PCBU's and workers as to any specific controls to be implemented at a workplace for which the swms or jsa relates to; and
  • Never worry again about amendments, updates and versions; and
  • WHS maintain one controlled version of the safe work method statement or job safety analysis online as part of our continual improvement process; and
  • 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.

How do you access and implement the safe work method statement or job safety analysis?

To get you online, working, implementing and demonstrating safety compliance management, it's as easy as:

  • Log in via a mobile phone using your username and password;
  • Complete and email the safe work method statement, swms or jsa notification with user access to a principal contractor, PCBU's and workers for a specific workplace; and
  • That's it unless you need to print the sign off sheet, hazard and risk controls or change management approval form.

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1 Year online and print access to Laying bricks SWMS/JSA - 5 persons @ $25.00 per user.

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 Example Safe work method statement / job safety analysis for laying bricks  

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

  • 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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 Brickwork - Laying bricks safe work method statement  

 Hazard  
 Risk/outcome  
 Control measures  
 Implementation of controls  
Consultation not undertaken with workers as to the safe method of laying bricks.Workers shall be exposed to risk of death, serious injury or illness where the laying of bricks is performed or undertaken incorrectly.

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

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

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

Consultation

Consultation shall occur between line management, workers and health and safety representatives as to the method by which to lay bricks.

The process of consultation shall assess hazards generated as a result of laying bricks, and take into consideration:

  • A review of all plans, drawing, specifications, 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 laying of bricks;
  • Conduct a risk assessment to identify all potential hazards and risks associated with the laying of bricks;
  • Structural adequacy of slab or footings, intended to support the brickwork;
  • Set out of brickwork;
  • Working at heights, prevention of tools and materials falling;
  • Heavy duty scaffold incorporating working platforms, edge protection and containment screening.
  • Handling and loading of bricks to a working platform;
  • Hazardous chemicals, substances and products used in the laying of bricks;
  • Hazardous manual tasks associated with the laying of bricks;
  • Are persons at risk of serious injury when laying bricks?

Electrical Plumbing Group shall make a prepared for the laying of bricks 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 laying of bricks 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;
  • Fall from heights resulting in multiple fractures;
  • Skin penetrating injuries;
  • Crushing injuries;
  • Dermatitis;
  • 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 laying of bricks.
Electrical Plumbing Group shall ensure hazards generated as a result of laying bricks 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 laying of bricks 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 laying bricks  

Additional hazards and risks identified with laying bricks for which control measures have been developed as per the risk identification process include:

  • Planning and preparation for laying bricks.
  • Environmental hazards at the workplace and immediate work area.
  • Plant used in the laying of bricks.
  • Contact with portland cement.
  • Laying bricks.
  • Cut, place and fix reinforcing wire and wall ties.
  • Cut, place and fix damp proof course in brickwork construction.
  • Overhead electrical services and electrical parts where it is proposed to lay bricks.
  • Working at heights laying bricks.
  • Hazardous chemicals and products associated with laying bricks.
  • Hazardous manual tasks associated with laying bricks.
  • 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 lay bricks.
  • 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 laying bricks.
  • 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 laying bricks 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 laying bricks.
  • 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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