Block Laying Mortar Method Statement
The mortar in construction 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 mixing mortar for masonry.
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Mortar in Construction
Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive hazard analysis for mixing masonry mortar, e.g. how to mix masonry mortar 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 make masonry mortar
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 make a mortar mix for laying concrete blocks, 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, electrical hazards
Slip trips and falls in the workplace having the potential to cause death or serious injury
Implementation of controls for mixing block laying mortar, e.g. isolation of hazards, RCD protection, personal protective equipment
Health and safety at work information for employees to manage risk and compliance
Tools and equipment used in the mixing of cement mortar and transfer to masonry mortar boards, e.g. cement mixer, hand tools
Inspect cement mortar mixer and implement control measures for minimising manual handling risk
Masonry mortar mix ratio per concrete blockwork specification using cement mortar ingredients
Transfer masonry mortar mix to wheelbarrow and transfer it to the required position where the cement mortar is transferred to masonry mortar boards
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 placing mortar on masonry mortar boards
Hazardous chemicals used in connection with mixing cement mortar, e.g. Portland cement, de-hydrated lime, plasticizer
Hazardous manual tasks in connection with mixing masonry mortar and loading it to masonry mortar boards
Personal protective equipment, e.g. construction safety glasses, safety works gloves, construction hard hat
WHS training for workers, e.g. health and safety training for mixing cement mortar
Workplace housekeeping incorporating material handling and storage safety
Legislative and regulatory requirements for compliance with WHS legislation, e.g. WHS 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 mixing cement mortar
Mortar for Construction
Blocklaying SWMS shall assess the risk of construction high-risk activities for mixing and loading masonry mortar mix.
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, e.g. cement mixer
Work at height, e.g. fall from heights
Manual handling tasks of transferring the cement mortar mix
Exposure to hazardous chemical, e.g. Portland cement
Other hazards with mixing and loading cement mortar to mortar boards