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The Concrete Prep & Laying Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document outlining the safety steps associated with handling, delivery and placement of wet concrete.
This does not include tilt-up/ pre-form slabs, formwork, and work at heights or use of machinery associated with concrete delivery in sufficient detail. A dedicated SWMS must be developed for these tasks as appropriate.
- Exposure to alkaline substances (skin, allergic and irritant dermatitis, eye, mucous membranes - respiratory tract injuries)
- Slips, trips, falls
- Working At Height
- Being struck by moving objects
- Being struck by mobile plant
- Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) from hazardous manual tasks
- Electric shock
- Exposure to hazardous atmosphere – crystalline silica
This SWMS involves the following “High Risk Construction Work” (working on, in or near):
- Falls risks 2m or more
- Powered mobile plant
- Overhead Power Lines
Environmental risks may include damage to waterways and water catchment areas due to incorrect disposal of cement debris, runoff of cement dust after wash down of work area. Risks may also include noise and air pollution.
This SWMS includes:
This SWMS is ready to use and is not a blank template. Simply add your company details, ABN, and include any site specific details or risks and make it specific to the task at hand. It is then ready for printing and to be incorporated as part of your overall WHS System.
Pump and other equipment (such as powered trowel, vibrator, etc):
- Guards in place, in good working order
- All controls are labelled and functional
- No hydraulic leaks
- Free of dirt, oil and grease
- Hydraulic legs/outriggers in good condition
- Maintained/serviced as required. Log books completed
- Hoses are undamaged and secured
- Hopper has guards/grill in place to prevent access to agitators and other moving parts
- Emergency stop buttons in place as required
- Electrical equipment is rated for environment, RCDs are provided and cables/leads are in safe condition
Formwork for suspended slabs. Consider:
- weight and pressure of wet concrete
- load calculations for dead and live loads – such as construction equipment, pressures from machinery, workers and wind loading
- type and quality of materials to be used (capacity, style)
- size and spacing of supporting materials
- stripping procedures
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