Safe work method statement - Plasterboard - Cutting of furring channel
Cutting of furring channel
Furring channels are used to level plasterboard ceilings where an existing framing e.g. bottom chord of a roof truss is not straight or level.
- Furring channels shall where necessary be cut to a required length using hacksaw, angle grinder or drop saw.
Tasks associated with the cutting of metal furring channels include:
- Measuring and marking length of metal furring channel to be cut;
- Use of hacksaw to cut metal furring channel;
- Use of angle grinder to cut metal furring channel;
- Use of drop saw to cut metal furring channel;
- Pre-operational inspection of plant used to cut metal furring channel;
- Selection of correct cutting disc to cut metal furring channel;
- Operation of plant for the cutting of metal furring channel;
- Controlling hazards generated by cutting metal furring channel;
- Operation of fire fighting equipment;
- Manual handling issues when handling and cutting metal furring channels;
- Personal protective equipment to be worn when handling and cutting metal furring channels.
Safety procedure includes
Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, injury or illness to persons are addressed in the safe work method statement as per the following sections.
- Consultation with employees.
- Generation of hazards.
- Measuring length of furring channel to be cut.
- Using hacksaw to cut furring channel.
- Using angle grinder to cut furring channel.
- Using drop saw to cut furring channel.
- Faulty or defective plant.
- Selection of cutting discs.
- Guarding requirements for plant.
- Alteration or modification of plant.
- Fire fighting equipment.
- Manual handling tasks.
- Personal protective equipment requirements.
- Training requirements.
- Housekeeping requirements.
- Failure to monitor controls.
- Risk matrix and descriptors.
- Additional hazards, risks and controls.
- Approval and change management form.
- Sign-off for plasterboard services - Cutting of metal furring channel.
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