Block Laying SWMS
Block Laying Method Statement
Block work method statement assesses the risk following the hazard identification process for laying concrete blocks and the subsequent implementation of risk controls to manage risks.
Method statement for masonry works requires control measures to be implemented per the risk controls hierarchy for laying concrete blocks connected with masonry construction.
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Concrete Block Laying Safe Work Method Statement
Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive hazard analysis for block wall construction, e.g. how to lay concrete block with control measures developed for identified hazards per the hierarchy of risk controls.
Assess and review health and safety practices in the workplace to control risk
WHS consultation with employees on health and safety matters to identify potential hazards with how to build a block wall
Risk assessment to identify hazard and risk in the workplace that could result in death or serious injury
Health and safety planning for how to build a concrete block wall, e.g. minimise risks through the planning process
WHS consultation and participation processes ensure adequate health and safety communication
Workplace environmental hazards, e.g. trenches and excavations, falling from height, overhead power lines
Slip trips and falls in the workplace having the potential to cause death or serious injury
Implementation of controls for block work construction, e.g. isolation of hazards and services in hazardous areas
Safety information for employees to control risks
Method to minimise risk when measuring to mark block wall materials to be cut
Tools and equipment used in the concrete block construction, e.g. cement mixer, rotary hammer drill
Cutting tools to cut masonry materials, e.g. brick saw, angle grinder
Electrical hazards and control measures for high voltage power lines, e.g. power line clearance requirements, electrical safety isolation procedures
Electrical spotter to warn persons working in the vicinity of electricity lines, e.g. overhead power line clearances
Lay concrete blocks per blockwork construction details, e.g. concrete block wall construction methods
Construction work plan for block wall construction shall specify the block laying patterns
Handling and fitment of steel reinforcement, reinforcing wire, wall ties and damp proof course in masonry construction
Personal decontamination procedures to be implemented where exposure to silicahas taken place, e.g. correct method for removing PPE
Working at height on modular scaffolding, brickies scaffolding and bricklaying trestles when undertaking block work construction
Hazardous chemicals used in connection with concrete block construction, e.g. Portland cement, de-hydrated lime, plasticizer
Hazardous manual tasks in connection with block work in construction
Personal protective equipment, e.g. eye protection wear, construction work gloves, fall protection safety equipment
WHS training for workers, e.g. health and safety training for laying concrete blocks
Workplace housekeeping incorporating material handling and storage safety
Legislative and regulatory requirements for compliance with WHS legislation, e.g. work health and safety regulations, block laying code of practice and block laying standards
Monitoring controls, e.g. assessment and review the effectiveness of control measures
Blockwork tasks and activities in connection with masonry construction
Block Masonry Work Method Statement
Blocklaying SWMS shall assess the risk of construction high-risk activities for block wall construction.
High-risk work activities that may expose workers to WHS hazards are likely to include but not be limited to:
Plant and equipment used in the work task
Work at height, e.g. fall from heights
Use of hand and power tools