How to Cut a Brick
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.
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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
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