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Cutting Concrete Blocks

Cutting Concrete Block SWMS

The block work method statement assesses the risk following the hazard identification process for cutting concrete blocks and implementing risk controls to manage risks.

  • Block masonry work method statement requires control measures to be implemented per the risk controls hierarchy for cutting concrete blocks connected with masonry construction.

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Cut Concrete Block SWMS Example

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Cutting a Concrete Block Safe Work Practice

Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive hazard analysis for cutting a concrete block, e.g., cutting concrete blocks 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 for the identification of hazards with cutting concrete blocks

  • Risk assessment to identify workplace hazards and risks having the potential to cause death and serious injury

  • Health and safety planning for how to cut 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, dust hazards

  • Tripping hazards in the workplaceresulting in injuries caused by slips trips and falls

  • Implementation of controls for cutting a concrete block, e.g. isolation of hazards, RCD protection, personal protective equipment

  • Health and safety at work information and instructions for workers to manage risks

  • Method to minimise risk when measuring to mark masonry materials to be cut

  • Safe use of tools and equipment to cut concrete blocks, e.g. block saw, brick saw

  • Operation of brick saw to cut concrete blocks per safe operating procedure brick saw

  • Personal decontamination procedures to be implemented where exposure to silicahas taken place, e.g. correct method for removing PPE

  • Hazardous chemicals used in connection with cutting concrete blocks, e.g. silica based concrete blocks

  • Hazardous manual tasks in connection with cutting concrete blocks, e.g. lifting concrete blocks

  • 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 cutting concrete blocks

  • Workplace housekeeping incorporating material handling and storage safety

  • Legislative and regulatory requirements for compliance with WHS legislation, e.g. 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 cutting concrete blocks

Blockwork SWMS

Cutting Concrete Block SWMS

Cutting concrete block SWMS shall assess the risk of construction high-risk activities for cutting a concrete block.

High-risk work activities that may expose workers to WHS hazards are likely to include but not be limited to:

  • Plant and equipment used to cut concrete blocks, e.g. brick saw

  • Exposure to crystalline silica dust, e.g. Portland cement

  • Manual handling tasks with lifting concrete blocks

  • Other cutting concrete block hazards

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