How to Cut a Brick

Cutting Bricks SWMS Example

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Cutting a Brick Safe Work Practice

The safe work method statement for bricklaying assesses the risk following the hazard identification process for cutting bricks and implementing risk controls to manage risks.

  • Bricklaying safe work method statement requires control measures to be implemented per the risk controls hierarchy for cutting bricks connected with brickwork construction.

How to Cut Bricks

Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive hazard analysis for cutting a brick, e.g., cutting bricks 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 bricks

  • 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 bricks, 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, steel reinforcement hazards

  • Workplace trip hazardslikely to result in slips trips and falls injuries

  • Implementation of controls for cutting a brick, 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 bricks to be cut

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

  • Operation of brick saw to cut bricks 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 materials used in connection with cutting bricks, e.g. silica based bricks

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

  • 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 bricks

  • Workplace housekeeping incorporating material handling and storage safety

  • Legislative and regulatory requirements for compliance with WHS legislation, e.g. health and safety regulations, code of practice concrete and masonry cutting and drilling and brick standards

  • Monitoring controls, e.g. assessment and review the effectiveness of control measures

  • Brickwork tasks and activities in connection with cutting bricks

Bricklaying SWMS

Cutting Bricks

Cutting bricks SWMS shall assess the risk of construction high-risk activities for cutting a brick.

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 bricks, e.g. brick saw

  • Exposure to crystalline silica dust

  • Manual handling tasks with lifting bricks

  • Other hazards with cutting bricks