Loading Concrete Blocks SWMS

Loading Out Concrete Blocks

Block work method statement assesses the risk following the hazard identification process for loading blocks and the subsequent implementation of risk controls to manage risk.

  • Method statement for masonry works requires control measures to be implemented per the risk controls hierarchy for loading concrete blocks connected with building a block wall.

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Loading Concrete Blocks Safe Working Practice

Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive hazard analysis for loading blocks, e.g. how to load out 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 with employees on health and safety matters to identify potential hazards with loading out blocks

  • Risk assessment to identify workplace hazards and risks that could result in death or serious injury

  • Health and safety planning for loading out 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

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

  • Implementation of controls for loading blocks, e.g. manual handling safety procedures, team lifting

  • Safety information for employees to control risks

  • Crane safety for operating crane when lifting block wall materials identifies potential crane lifting hazards, e.g. ground bearing pressure, exclusion zone for lifting operations, lifting operation hazards

  • 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. distance from power lines for cranes

  • Persons operating a crane are to undertake safe working load calculations per crane load chart against the crane's rated lifting capacity

  • Lifting slings and chains and block lifting cage used to lift block wall materials shall be selected and inspected by a dogger per lifting equipment inspection requirements

  • Safe operating procedures for operating a pallet jack to relocate block wall materials on a pallet

  • Loading blocks to a working platform, e.g. scaffolding requires the implementation of safety procedures and instructions for when workers are lifting concrete blocks

  • Working at height on modular scaffolding, brickies scaffolding and bricklaying trestles when loading blocks to a scaffold

  • Hazardous chemicals used in the loading out of blocks to a scaffold

  • Hazardous manual tasks in connection with lifting concrete blocks on to a working platform

  • Personal protective equipment, e.g. construction safety helmet, protective footwear, personal protective gloves

  • WHS training for workers, e.g. health and safety training for loading blocks to a scaffold

  • Workplace housekeeping incorporating material handling and storage safety

  • Legislative and regulatory requirements for compliance with WHS legislation, e.g. heavy lifting at work regulations, manual handling 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 loading blocks

Blockwork SWMS

Lifting Concrete Blocks

Blocklaying SWMS shall assess the risk of construction high-risk activities for loading blocks to a working platform.

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

  • Working near overhead power lines, e.g. hazards from electricity

  • Hazards in lifting operations when lifting block wall materials with a crane

  • Work at height, e.g. fall from heights

  • Other hazards with loading out blocks