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Thursday, February 25, 2021

February 25, 2021

Safety Rules When Using Ladders-Toolbox Talks

The following key and Essential Safety Rules When Using Ladders:

  1. The footwear is not greasy, oily and muddy and has a good grip on the rungs.
  2. While climbing or coming down of any type of ladders, it should be facing the ladder side and had on with both hands.
  3. Bring light tools, equipment or devices in pockets in a shoulder bag.
  4. Hold on with at least a new hand if using both hands then, use the safety belt.
  5. Never climb higher than the third rung from the top on straight from the top on an extension ladder.
  6. The step ladder must be fully open and the divider locked
  7. The metal ladder shall not be used near electrical equipment's.
  8. The metal ladder shall not be placed on firm footing and at an angle of 75 degrees
  9. Ladder with any defect or damage (even minor) in any way should be marked do not use.
  10. The ladder shall not be placed on a box or drum. 
  11. Rubber protection on the head and heel of a ladder ls necessary.

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February 25, 2021

Fixed Ladders-Toolbox Talks

The Following Key and Essential Points Should be Observed When Using Ladders:

  1. Where possible, install ladders on a firm and balanced base. Where this is not applicable, the ladder stiles should be firmly, strongly and appropriately toed in.
  2. Ensure that the ladder cannot slip. Always make sure that it is securely and firmly staked to prevent it from moving.
  3. Make sure the ladder is properly tied near the top if it is being used as a means of access to a working platform or other tasks, e.g., to access a deep excavation, ties should always be adjusted to the stiles, not rungs!
  4. Always use both hands when climbing and descending while using the ladders. Grip the ladder stiles, not the rungs, and make sure practising 3-points of contact methodology at all times.
  5. Keep rungs and footwear clean. Contamination of mud, greasy, oily and dirt should be frequently removed to prevent injuries by feet slipping.
  6. While using the ladder for climbing or descending purposes, adjust it at the correct angle (75ยบ to the horizontal) or 4:1.
  7. Immediately report any faults/defects that are damaged in the ladder to the site’ accountable personal (Supervisor) as soon as they become apparent, and take it out of service.
  8. Remember! Never use a ladder with missing or broken rungs, otherwise, it could be worst.
  9. Don’t install a ladder on a container, box, sheet, or any unstable and or uneven base.
  10. Don’t overload a ladder or rest a scaffold board on the rungs.
  11. Never use ladders that are too short and don’t lead to the proper required destination. They should extend above the landing platform or clear landing area by 5 clear rungs to provide a safe and secure handhold.
  12. Ensure that ladders are the right way up! When positioning timber ladders. Ensure that the metal tie rods on the underside of the rungs.
  13. Never try or practice the use of a metal ladder near-live or exposed electrical installations. Otherwise, any fatal electrical hazard may exist.
  14. Never try to overreach from any type of ladder. If you cannot reach the required area, move the ladder ahead where easily you can perform your task.
  15. Never use the ladder as a ramp for moving materials.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

February 24, 2021

Extension Ladders-Toolbox Talks

Annually, approximately more than 50-Construction industry/sector labourers are killed by falls from ladders. Worker’s falls from extension ladders can be extremely dangerous because people are generally working at greater heights. 

A. Introduction

  1. Review any accidents or “near accidents” from the past week.
  2. Explain the hazards of the worksite related to the project.
  3. Explain the SSOW Procedures & SAFE way of doing the job.
  4. Provide Toolbox Safety Talks.
  5. Review any accidents or “near accidents” from the past week.

B. If, you are working at extension ladders, always follow these safety tips when:

  • While making a selection for an Extension Ladder, consider that the length of a ladder is varied from its usable length. The height these ladders can safely reach is minimized by the angle at which the ladder must be set up.
  • Position extension ladders appropriately so that the base of the ladder is one foot away from the wall for every 4- feet of ladder height. This ratio is essential because if the angle of the extension ladder is too steep, the fall of backwards possibility is severe. If the angle is too horizontal, the ladder can slip out from under you.
  • Be sure that both feet are on tidy, steady and balanced surfaces, and that both rails are resting equally on the resting spot. Secure ladders to prevent accidental or sudden movement.
  • Make sure side rails are at least three feet above the landing point, or that an adequate grab rail is provided.
  • After setting up an extension ladder, appropriately and carefully lock the top section in place.
  • While working from an extension ladder, acknowledge using a fall protection system attached to a secure anchor point on the building, particularly and essentially if doing work that involves pushing, pulling, or prying. 

C. In the case of multi-section ladders, make sure sections overlap by: 

  • At Least 3-Feet for extension ladders up to 32- feet.
  • By 4-Feet for ladders extension 32-feet to 48-Feet. 
  • By 5-Feet for ladders extension 48 feet to 60 feet.
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February 24, 2021

Ladders Climbing Toolbox Talks

As per the OSHA research that there are 24,882 injuries and more than 50 fatalities per year due to falls on stairways and ladders used in the construction sector.  

A. Introduction

  1. Review any accidents/incident or “Near Accidents” from the previous week.
  2. Explain the hazards & Risks of the site work as they relate to the project.  
  3. Narrate or show the SSOW & SAFE way of doing the job.
  4. Conduct the TOOLBOX SAFETY TALK (TBT).

B. When Using Ladders, be Mindful and Follow These Basic Safety Rules:

  1. Make sure rungs and steps are clear of grease, oil, dirt, snow, or ice before climbing.
  2. Clean muddy or slippery boot soles before climbing a ladder.
  3. When climbing up or down the ladders, always face a ladder.

C. Follow the Three-Point Rule: 

  1. Put/Keep at least both feet and one hand or both hands and one foot on the ladder at all times while climbing the ladder.
  2. Keep your body centred between the side rails of the ladder, so you don’t tip over the ladder.   
  3. An authentic and recommended rule is to always keep your belt buckle inside the rails of a ladder.
  4. Always avoid carrying materials, light machinery, devices, objects or tools when climbing a ladder.  Properly carry tools, material or other objects up or down in a belt or hoist them in a bag or bucket.
  5. Never stand on the top two steps of a stepladder and the top four rungs on other Ladders.
  6. Always inspect and observe the ladder before climbing to make sure it is in good shape.
  7. Report all defects or damage to your project supervisor.
  8. Do not use any ladder with fault or damage.
  9. Put/Keep at least both feet and one hand or both hands and one foot on the ladder at all times while climbing the ladder.

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February 24, 2021

Method Statement of Walls Plastering Using Dry-Zone Damp-Resistant Plaster

Preparatory Works:

  • Arrive on-site, and register attendance with the client/Main-Contractor Attend worksite health and safety induction/training. 
  • Obtain permits to work (PTW) from the client.
  • Wearing hard hats and safety shoes, identify areas where proposed works are scheduled and ensure the plan correctly represents the area of proposed works. Correctly inspect and verify the validity of the surveyor’s Generic risk assessment, and work to this. Make proper confirmation of the suitability of the walls to receive treatment. 
  • Confined Space entry safe system of work (SSOW), check work conditions in basements, cellars and other voids.
  • Unload tools, devices, plant and materials, ensuring no obstruction to other worksite users, public right of ways, public roads or emergency services. Observe PTL’s Manual Handling Policy.
  • Visually make a close observation and check the condition of all tools, equipment and plant, also making sure that electrical testing is valid.
  • Route power cables to the worksite, ensuring that these do not create a trip hazard, nor can become damaged by sharp surfaces or nipping actions.
  • Ensure the first aid kit is easily available and first aider assistance is available from the client.
  • Ensure adequate fire extinguisher provision is nearby.
  • Work at height will be conducted as explained in the surveyor’s risk assessment.
  • Attach Vacuum Dust Collection System (VDCS) to demolition drill and hack off existing wall plaster, render and paint, wearing general eye protection, half-face rubber respirator with Recommended P3 dust filters, and general duty gloves. Observe PTL’s policies about Hand-Arm Vibration and Noise.
  • Waste to be bagged off and removed from the local worksite. To minimize manual handling/ergonomic risk, bags are not to be over-flowed; try to use barrows and trolleys when practicable.

Application Works:

  • Before starting, the work, Wear rigger gloves and eye protection, remove skirtings, fixings and render/plaster to expose the line of the recommended and proposed Damp Proof Course (DPC)- [mortar bed]
  • Wearing eye and hearing protection, and observing [Organization/Company] policies about Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV) and Noise, drill 12 millimetres injection holes into the masonry at centres no greater than 120 millimetres, and to a depth detailed in the supplier’s technical instructions.
  • Vertical Isolation Zones (VIZ) to be formed in the Party Wall Abutments (PWA), Chimney Breast Abutments (CBA), as indicated in quotation and or report.  Making drill to terminate below-suspended timber floor elements where applicable. Drilling height adjoining solid floor to be altered to make sure that the damp-proof course is not bridged by solid floors. 
  • Describes high ground levels/solid floors adjoining walls scheduled for treatment and make sure that drilling/injection pattern takes account of this appropriately.
  • Wearing Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) rubber gloves, chemical goggles and impervious workwear, fill the injector applicator unit with a Safeguard Dry zone cartridge.
  • Insert the nozzle into drilled holes and fill to within 1 Centimeter
  • Make proper housekeeping and identify distant areas on the proposed worksheet drawing. Make good the injection holes ruled out from treatment.
  • Wearing Nitrile rubber gloves, chemical goggles (or face shield with safety glasses underneath), using a drill or mixer, add the plaster to 6 litres of clean water (per bag) and mix for 3-4 minutes.  Using a trowel, apply a “rough” coat of circa (five-5 millimetres) thickness to act as an anchoring coat.  Apply the topcoat after 24 hours.  The overall thickness should be 20 millimetres and the topcoat is mixed with 5 litres of water per bag.
  • Finishing plaster is to be applied over the Dry zone Damp-Resistant plaster after 14 days.
  • Angle beads were specified only to be fixed over a top coat of the Dry zone Damp-Resistant Plaster.

Party Wall Injection:

Operative to assess the thickness of party walls, where possible.  Identify areas where walls are 230 millimetres thick or less, to allow for short drilling from one side only. Operative to identify walls over 340 millimetres thick, which will require (where practicable) drilling from both sides. Thick walls are easily accessible from one side only to be step drilled and injected. Areas of excluded/inaccessible party walls, e.g., the rear of fireplaces, to be identified on sketch plans which form part of the worksheet. 

Job Finish:

All wastes or other objects will be removed from the worksite at the end of each day to avoid obstruction.  Wastes will be removed from the client’s site at job completion using PTL’s transport, where this has been included in our contract.

Supervision, Competence and Training:

Project Engineer and/or Senior Plasterer on-site will be accountable for the work and the monitoring of health and safety on the worksite:

Only wall plastering technicians competent and well trained in their respective fields and/or tasks, competent in health and safety terms and/or undergoing training as part of a supervised training programme, shall be permitted to work on worksite. All persons are to receive Induction Training before being granted access to the worksite. All operatives are eligible, competent and holders of the updated Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS Cards), and these will be presented upon request by the Works site Manager/Engineer. Experienced operatives will supervise any trainees.

Plant, Equipment & Tools to be Used:

Tools

Hand Tools, Power extensions, 240/110 Volts transformer, lighting for construction site 

PPE

  1. Hard hats
  2. Safety boots
  3. General eye protection
  4. Chemical goggles
  5. Face shield
  6. Knee pads
  7. General work wears Impervious work wear PVC rubber gloves 
  8. Nitrile rubber gloves

Emergency Procedures:

The Actions were taken, both on discovering a fire or other safety-critical events, or when hearing the site emergency alarm, will be fully explained during the Site Safety Induction conducted by a [Organization/Company] representative of the worksite Works Manager/Engineer.  Also, the information will be provided on statutory emergency action notices displayed on site by the Site Works Manager. 

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

February 23, 2021

Method Statement for Construction Block Paving

Scope:

Block Paving Method Statement Objectives

Objectives

Per Block Paving Method Statement Objectives

This Method Statement describes the Methodology and procedures for Block Paving Works.

This Method Statement (MS) is however to be read, apply and compliance in association with the attached:

  • Job Safety Analysis.
  • The Project Health and Safety Plan (Approved HSE Plan).

Personal, Tools, Plants and Equipment

Roles/Trades

Responsibilities

  • The Project Manager would be responsible for Co-ordinating between the client and the Engineering Consultant for the design and execution of the project.
  • The site Engineer and Supervisor would be accountable for the implementation of this Method Statement under the professional and technical guidance of the Project /Technical Manager and Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager.
  • The Site/Project Safety in charge would be accountable for advising, monitoring and ensuring that work execution complies with approved safety procedures & regulations.

References Tools, Plants, Equipment and Machinery

The major items of tools, plants equipment, machinery anticipated for the project are described below detailed:

  • Roller
  • Plate Compactor
  • Wheel Loader
  • Survey Equipment
  • Masonry and Carpentry Tools

All Plant, Machinery, Tools, Equipment and Machinery would be inspected/observed on each before and after used and as per manufacturers and statutory requirements. If any fault is rectified, the equipment/ shall be taken out of use and replaced.

[Organization/Company] is also aware of the possible/potential occupational health hazards posed by hand-arm vibration and whole-body vibration and would ensure that relevant safety and preventive measures are taken as at when due.

References/Supporting Documents

List of References/Supporting Documents:

  • Project Approved for Construction Drawing
  • Approved Site Survey Plan & Survey Report
  • Approved Project HSE Plan 
  • Attached Job Safety Analysis 
  • [State/Country] Construction Standard

Details of Health & Safety Arrangements Include:

  • Policy
  • Arrangements
  • Risk Assessments
  • Information, Instruction and Training
  • Emergency Arrangements
  • Safety Standards and Rules

Scope and Procedures

Scope of Works and Pre-Activities

Activities and Tasks Described in this Method Statement Include the Following:

  • Laying of Kerbs.
  • Placing of Fill/Sub-base Material.
  • Laying of Interlock Paviors/Stones.

Pre-Activities

  • Ensure approval and release of Work Area and Temporary Land Lease Area by [Client/Facility] and or other relevant departments before the commencement of work on-site as required.
  • Before the commencement of work contained herein, [ Organization/ Company] shall obtain the relevant work permits from [Client/Main Contractor].
  • Toolbox shall be conducted by the Supervisor. 
  • The use of mandatory PPE (Safety Glass, Safety Shoe, Helmet, Coverall, etc.). Shall be inspected and implemented by the safety engineer. 

Methodology/Procedures

Laying of Kerbs

  • Upon reaching the Site Sub-grade formation level, the Surveyor shall set out the proposed Kerbs Line according to the approved drawings.
  • Wooden/metal forms for the Kerbs concrete base construction shall be installed and securely and tightly braced to limit any deflection during the concrete placement.
  • Concrete of specified grade and the mix would be placed in erected formwork after wetting to aid bonding.
  • Steel Dowel Bars (SBD) shall be installed in the concrete base slab if needed as per approved drawings
  • Kerbs shall be placed on Cement Mortar (1:4) bedding, not more than 25 millimetres thickness on the concrete base to adjust the levels of the Kerbs with a maximum tolerance of 3 millimetres. 
  • In arching/curving locations and corners, Kerbs shall be tailor cut as per the shape and dimensions.
  • As soon as Kerbs have been laid, bordering Concrete backing of pre-determined and specified grade shall be poured behind laid Kerbs for hardness.
  • Joints between the Kerbs (Not more than 4 millimetres) shall be filled with fluid cement mortar at the ratio of (1:4).
  • At every 10 to 20 meters intervals, a moment joint of 20 millimetres thick shall be formed through the concrete bed and backing as well as the Kerbs. Impregnated fiberboard shall be used to fill the movement joints.
  • Curing shall be done for the entirely Kerbs, base and backing for seven days. 

Placing of Fill/Sub-Base Material

  • The area is to be levelled, watered and compacted by the means of a roller or plate compactor in small areas where a big roller cannot reach. 
  • The level of the formation is to be closely observed, verified, inspected and approved properly.
  • Approved Sub-base material shall be collected from the stockpile and placed in a maximum of 200 mm compacted layers as applicable.
  • The material is to be properly mixed and oversize or lump materials shall be removed by labours.
  • Laying of Interlock Paviors/Stones (60 mm & 80 mm Thick)
  • Sand material bedding of approved quality shall be placed in a 50 millimetres layer, levelled and watered.
  • Interlock paviors (100 x 200 x 60 millimetres or 100 x 200 x 80 millimetres) shall be collected from an approved source and laid in an approved pattern as per approved construction drawings.
  • Interlock paviors shall be neatly trimmed/cut to fit perfectly into Kerb's edges as applicable.
  • Fine/dune sand material shall be placed on top of laid Interlock paviors to fill in the joints.
  • The laid Interlock pavior is then compacted utilizing a Plate compactor.
  • The dune sand shall be hand brushed and removed after the compaction works are completed to the satisfaction of the Site engineer.

Key Materials Required

List of Key Materials Required:

  • Earth Filling Material
  • Interlock Paviors
  • Dune/Fine Sand

Residual Hazards and Safety Requirement

Specific Identified Residual Hazards:

  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Use of mechanized equipment
  • Manual handling

List of Safety Requirements

  • All activities would be undertaken following the [Organization/Company] HSE plan and QP Safety procedures. [Organization/Company] would make sure that all necessary PPE is provided and used accordingly at all times.
  • Work permits would be obtained (when required) before the commencement of work on-site.
  • Relevant safety data sheet (SDS) shall be retained on Site in Custody of the HSE Department.

Risk Management for Work:

Risk Assessments have conducted on the following activities:

  • Onsite activities
  • Working in public places
  • Use of tools and equipment
  • Manual handling
  • Work at Height
  • Lifting activities as defined under Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations LOLER

Summary of Activities with Potential Hazards and Risks:

  • Use of work equipment
  • Slips trips and falls
  • Working with electrical equipment
  • Working with generators
  • Working on a client/contractor and or customer’s site or in public places
  • Manual Handling of materials and equipment
  • Possible working from steps/ work at height

Controls Initiatives:

Appropriate Controls measures have been identified from the risk assessments and are highlighted in Method Statement and Risk Assessment MSRA include the following key points:

  • Proper Health and Safety Communication and Training 
  • HSE Inspections
  • HSE Observations
  • Method of working

Communication and Training of Health and Safety:

  • All risk assessments, method statement and Safe Systems of Work (SSOW) will be communicated to the [Organization/Company] team/ operative before work initiate.
  • A copy of this documented procedure and other recommended and suggested and applicable safety arrangements will be communicated and passed onto the client/ sub-contractors or other stakeholders before work started.
  • All relevant toolbox talks will be communicated to the team/ operative before work commencing ensuring that the team/ operative have had instruction and awareness information provided.
  • Further information on the communication and training of Health and Safety can be found in the Health and Safety Arrangements.

Checks and Inspections:

  • All work equipment, devices or machinery will be checked before use for safe operation and to ensure that it is “fit for purpose” and proper required third-party certification has been done.
  • Risk Assessments (RA) and Safe Systems of Work (SSOW) will be checked before work started.

Induction and Permits to Work:

Method Statement details 

  • Contact with the Client’s site project manager/engineer for any worksite induction or Permits to Work (PTW) requirements before proceeding with any work on site. 
  • Contact with the site project manager/engineer that asbestos is not present at the work area. Asbestos-containing materials (ACM’s) are not to be disturbed by [Organization/Company] This work required to be conducted by a specialist contractor or Government entities.

Security:

  • Before commencing to the site, make sure that the Client’s site project manager/engineer has authorised access to the workplace and the work area.

Rules:

  • The organization’s Contractor, team or operative will carry out their work within the Client’s Health and Safety rules and arrangements.
  • Before commencing work these Health and Safety rules will be communicated to the team/ operative.

Smoking:

  • [Organization/Company] will strictly comply with a no smoking policy on any Client’s premises/workplace.
  • Services: 
  • All Gutter cleaning Services will not be interrupted due to work conducted by [Organization/Company]

Unloading Details:

  • Delivery to the site to be arranged with Client’s to ensure minimal disruption.
  • Ensure adequate access and the best route to the workplace.
  • Unload the vehicle of equipment by hand if no mechanical aids are available.
  • Manual handling could be done by teamwork.
  • Avoid a route that may bring you into contact with the Client’s staff or customers if possible, ensure that gangways are clear, before bringing materials through, to the work area.

Access:

  • All designated gangways and passageways should be free from obstructions.
  • Ensure all waste from gutters is collected and disposed of from the work area.
  • Ensure all fire exits and firefighting equipment clear of any obstructions.

Tools:

  • All sort of Ladders to be used will be inspected before going to the workplace/site.
  • All tools and equipment are to be inspected before use.
  • All other tools and equipment will be hired by our preferred hire company.
  • All tools and equipment hired from the “outsource suppliers” will be inspected properly on delivery to make sure they are fit for purpose and have had the essential safety inspections/ checks.

Welfare Facilities:

  • Before work commencing [Organization/Company] will liaise with Client’s local management for use of toilets and wash facilities.
  • Eatables/meals will be provided by the team/ operatives themselves.

Emergency Arrangements:

  • The exact location of First Aid (FA) arrangements will be required to be provided by the Client before work started.
  • Fire arrangements will need to be provided by Clients before work commencing including the location of assembly points, location of fire exits and fire equipment; procedures to follow.
  • More details on [Organization/Company] Emergency Arrangements can be provided in the attached risk assessments and safety arrangements.

Housekeeping:

  • All work areas will be kept clean and tidy where possible; [Organization/Company] operate a “clean as you go policy”.
  • All tools, equipment and waste will be removed from the site after the job has been completed.
  • Any (non-hazardous) waste will be disposed of using the Client’s facilities or where necessary by the team/operative.

Job Safety Analysis (JSA):

  • A Job Safety Analysis will be required to be carried out.
  • The following sequence of work has been established as guidance from Organization/Company’s safety arrangements, Risk Assessments and Job Safety Analysis (JSA).

The Sequence of Work:

  • Before work commencing all Personal Protective Equipment will be put on.
  • Location of work/activities/tasks to be planned well and cleared of obstructions appropriately. Check for any asbestos.
  • A safe working area will be created.
  • Our van/ vehicle is to be directed to the point of unloading ensuring minimal disruption and to minimize lifting/ handling activities.
  • Organization/company’s team and or operative will unload materials if essential, getting help (teamwork strategy) to reduce handling hazards.
  • All equipment, devices and materials to be kept where they are to be used.
  • Local floor obstructions to be removed.

Dependent on the Work:

  • Review each risk assessment for the control measures.

On Completion of Work:

  • All equipment and waste to be removed from the work area.
  • Work area to be handed over to the Client’s site management (Project manager/engineer) after work is accomplished.

Use of Equipment:

  • More essential care and safety measures to be adopted when using tools and equipment.
  • Safety glasses to be worn to protect eyes from any flying objects or ultraviolet rays.
  • If working personal (HE/SHE) have Long hair, then it is recommended to be tied back/loose clothing not to be worn, necklaces and other jewellery to be removed.
  • Skilled, experienced and Competent users only allowed to use tools and equipment. 
  • While handling tools to and from the vehicle use correct lifting techniques to avoid ergonomically health risks.
  • Make sure to keep fingers and or hands away from mechanical hazards and fatal physical injuries.
  • To minimize the exposure to vibration, take frequent breaks, use gloves (HAVS).
  • Use of hearing protection to minimize noise exposure.
  • The use of ladders/ step will be done following the work at height risk assessment; ladders located/ positioned correctly; individuals working from them for short periods.

When working at Height (General):

  • Onsite risk assessment to be conducted appropriately.
  • Construct a safe working area.
  • Check steps/ ladders before use.
  • Use equipment correctly, no overreaching, no standing on the top rung, no sideways force. 
  • Use of crawling boards on the facility’s building roof to get access to the higher-level guttering on the main buildings.

When Working Alone:

  • Communicate intentions with others within the organization/institutions.
  • Mobile phones to be used to keep in contact (remember to keep the battery charged).
  • Confirm safety arrangements with the client before visiting the client's site.
  • Inform co-workers & colleagues of any ill-health or illness that may affect work (eg., COVID-19).
  • Wear PPE were required (as per instructions)
  • When manual handling
  • Where practicable use mechanical aids such as a sack barrow, pump truck etc.
  • Use good handling techniques.
  • If in doubt get help.

Accidents, Incidents and Near Misses:

  • In case of an accident/incident get help and contact a Client’s First Aider personal.
  • All accidents need to be reported to Clients and [Organization/Company].
  • All property damage needs to be reported to Clients and [Organization/Company].

All near misses and hazards (i.e., potential accidents) need to be reported to the Client’s and [Organization/Company]

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Monday, February 22, 2021

February 22, 2021

Employee Misconduct Warning Form

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

February 21, 2021

Important Shortcut Keys for Computer

MICROSOFT® WINDOWS® SHORTCUT KEYS

Alt + Tab Switch between open applications

Alt + Shift + Tab- Switch backwards between open applications/

Alt + Print Screen -Create screenshot for current program

Ctrl + Alt + Del Reboot/Windows® task manager

Ctrl + Esc Bring up the start menu

Alt + Esc Switch between applications on the taskbar

F2 Rename selected icon

F3 Start find from desktop

F4 Open the drive selection when browsing

F5 Refresh contents

Alt + F4 Close current open program

Ctrl + F4 Close window in program

Ctrl + Plus Key Automatically adjust widths of all columns in Windows Explorer/

Alt + Enter Open properties window of selected icon or program/

Shift + F10 Simulate right-click on selected item/

Shift + Del Delete programs/files permanently Holding Shift During Bootup Boot safe mode or bypass system files/

Holding Shift During Bootup When putting in an audio CD, will prevent CD Player from playing/

WINKEY SHORTCUTS

WINKEY + D Bring desktop to the top of other windows/

WINKEY + M Minimize all windows/

WINKEY + SHIFT + M-Undo the minimize done by WINKEY + M and WINKEY + D./

WINKEY + E Open Microsoft Explorer

WINKEY + Tab Cycle through open programs on the taskbar

WINKEY + F Display the Windows® Search/Find feature

WINKEY + CTRL + F Display the search for computers window

WINKEY + F1 Display the Microsoft® Windows® help

WINKEY + R Open the run window

WINKEY + Pause and or Break Open the system properties of window/

WINKEY + U Open utility manager

WINKEY + L Lock the computer (Windows XP® & later)

OUTLOOK® SHORTCUT KEYS

Alt + S Send the email

Ctrl + C Copy selected text

Ctrl + X Cut selected text

Ctrl + P Open print dialog box

Ctrl + K Complete the Name/e-mail typed in the address bar./

Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection

Ctrl + I Italicize highlighted selection

Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection

Ctrl + R Reply to an email

Ctrl + F Forward an email

Ctrl + N Create a new email

Ctrl + Shift + A Create a new appointment to your calendar

Ctrl + Shift + O Open the outbox

Ctrl + Shift + I Open the inbox

Ctrl + Shift + K - Add a new task/activity/

Ctrl + Shift + C Create a new contact

Ctrl + Shift+ J Create a new journal entry

WORD® SHORTCUT KEYS

Ctrl + A: Selection of all contents of the page

Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection

Ctrl + C Copy selected text

Ctrl + X Cut selected text

Ctrl + N Open new/blank document

Ctrl + O Open options

Ctrl + P Open the print window

Ctrl + F Open find box

Ctrl + I Italicize highlighted selection

Ctrl + K Insert link

Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection

Ctrl + V Paste

Ctrl + Y Redo the last action performed

Ctrl + Z Undo last action

Ctrl + G Find and replace options

Ctrl + H Find and replace options

Ctrl + J Justify paragraph alignment

Ctrl + L: Alignment of the selected text or line to the left

Ctrl + Q: Align selected paragraph to the left

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Friday, February 19, 2021

February 19, 2021

Double Ply Webbing Sling Load Chart

FLAT POLYESTER SLING LOAD CHART

Inspection

Webbing Slings should only be used by competent, skilled and trained operatives, and should be examined and inspected very carefully before, during, and after their use keeping in consideration of the following key points”.:

  • Be sure that unidentified or damaged slings should not be used.
  • Slings should never be modified or repaired in any way.
  • Examine completely for surface chafe, cuts in the webbing or selvedges or the covers and core of Round slings.
  • Also, inspect and observe the stitching of seams and eyes for any deterioration and any end fittings for cracks or damage.
  • Chemical damage will show as local powdering of the sling or its outer cover.

In case of cuts or significant abrasion or of any case of doubt, the sling should be taken out of service and make new verification/certification for the sling from authorized, approved reliable third party.

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

February 18, 2021

Manual Handling Risk Assessment

What is Manual Handling?

Manual handling term means any transportation, and supporting of load such as lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving by hand or by bodily force. Most of the severe and fatal injuries are related to the handling of goods, objects and materials. such occupational physical injuries will include sprains, strains, fractures or cuts.

The following is the risk assessment for manual handling that can be used for various activities for manual handling. The current risk assessment is for the Various Work Tasks including site set up, Demolition and soft strip.

Soft Strip

Here we will discuss the term “Soft Strip”. The Soft Strip is the technique and process of removing all non-structural elements from internal and external of a building or facility to ease demolition, refurbishment or re-modelling works. Soft Strip activities or tasks can either be undertaken by General Demolition (GD) as a standalone project or as part of a package of overall works for property & facility.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

February 17, 2021

Method Statement for Installation of Wallpaper on Concrete Wall

1. Purpose of the Method Statement

The purpose of this method is to provide sets of the methodical process for installation of wallpaper to the concrete wall all following the requirement of the designer.

2. Description of Work

  • Wallpaper is glued by adhesive laid smooth and flat in the wall. 
  • It gives aesthetic value and wall covering as well.
  • The concrete wall surface should be on the level with no bumps and waviness as it will reflect into the wallpaper when installed.

3. Delivery, Storage and Handling

  • Shall be delivered in sealed plastic that plainly shows the designated name, specifications. 
  • Wallcovering should be rolled and sealed.
  • It should be stored in an area not close to the painting and other stained materials and from water and any other liquid.

4. Installation

  • Check the levelness of concrete walls. Waviness and protrusions on the wall should be avoided upon installation of wallpaper as it will reflect when the wallpaper is installed.
  • Apply wallpaper adhesive on walls. Fill the wall with wall covering adhesive. This is not to absorb the wallpaper glue. Leave it until the wall absorbs the adhesive. 
  • Install the specified wall covering design. If the wall is free from flaws and the adhesive is dry. Install the wallpaper by applying glue directly to the whole covering. Then fit into the wall, start at the top and scrape it up to the bottom of the wall.
  • Cutting of wallpaper. It should be cut straight and aligned with the design.
  • Make sure that there are no bubbles inside. When not properly scrape bubbles might appear and can give protrusions to the wall covering, but minimal bubbles can be remedy by glue injections.
  • Terminations should be check. Especially when the specified wallpaper has design, the termination of each wallpaper shall be continuous.

5. Supervision

Installation of wallpaper covering is carried out by the skilled and experienced upholstery installers who have expertise in wallcovering installation. They are assisted by inexperienced labourers. Their work is in turn supervised by experienced Foremen. Site Engineer/Architect will be available for co-ordination with other sub-contractors and Main Contractor and also look into the technical aspects. He will ensure that the overall work conforms to the shop Drawing. And secure that the wallpaper is installed properly with no protrusions, no bubbles and good termination.

6. Materials Used in Preparation

  • Wallpaper Adhesive 
  • Metylan Powder Glue 
  • Cutter

7. Machinery and Tools to be Used

  • Cutter

8. Safety Procedures

  • Consider using proper protection, such as safety glasses, gloves, and a mask. 
  • Adhesive and glue should be kept in place to avoid misuse.
  • Use the ladder safely when installing in heights.

9. Maintenance

Wallpaper tends to cut and easily stained by some chemicals, but simple water with soap soak using clean cloth can remove stains and dents.

10. General

The Sub-Contractor reserves the right to make any amendment to the method from time to time in consultation with the Main Contractor, depending upon the particular worksite conditions.

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February 17, 2021

Method Statement for Padded Panel Installation

1. Purpose of the Method Statement 

The purpose of this method is to provide sets of the thorough process for installation of the padded panel all in accord with the requirement of the designer.

2. Description of Work

  • Padded Panel is made of fabric accent walls that serve as an aesthetic of an area. 
  • It provides accent to the wall and the effect of comfort and softness of an area.
  • It is express in rectangular shapes with border frames in Duco finish paint.

3. Delivery, Storage and Handling

  • Shall be transported in sealed plastic boxes or plastic lamination that clearly shows the designated name, or other manufacturer’s instructions and specifications. 
  • The wood should be in squareness and plumpness, all incomplete parts with jambs and fillers.
  • The material (padded panels) must be handled carefully and securely; the edges should be maintained and protected from damage or that may cause any injury.
  • The panels must be kept in an area that is dry, tidy and free from any dampness.

4. Installation

  • Measure the area where the padded panel is installed. 
  • Appropriately divide the area as per to the designer’s specification and instructions regarding the dimension of the padded panel.
  • Fabricate the frame. Solid wood as a frame with Duco paint finish of cream colour.
  • Make sure that the mitre joints are at level and square.
  • Plywood Backing. ½ Plywood can be used as the backing of the panel board make sure that it is hard enough to carry the panel.
  • Install the foam as the base of the panel. By utilizing the gun tucker/gun staple install the foam into the whole plywood backing, this will strengthen and serve as the base of the fabric.
  • Cover with the specified fabric cover. Using gun tucker/staple make sure that the fabric is adjusted and installed properly and stretched essentially at the entire surface. And at the back wrap the fabric at the plywood backside. 
  • Make sure the fabrics are closed. 
  • Carefully examine and check if there are bubbles remained in the fabric.
  • Install Velcro tape at the back of the panel. While using the Velcro tape, always make sure that the it surrounds the plywood backing.
  • Install another side of Velcro tape to the wall. Where the other Velcro tape at the panel will tape into the Velcro tape installed in the wall.
  • Always make sure that the panel is tight and in tack with the wall.

5. Supervision

Installation is accomplished by the competent, skilled and experienced technical technicians (installer) who has expertise in board installation finishing. They are accompanied by the unskilled general workforce. And all installation work is supervised by the experienced supervisor. Site Engineer/Architects will be available for better and continuous communication & co-ordination with main-contractor, sub-contractors, and also look into the technical aspects.

  • Stapler
  • Hammer
  • Measuring taped.  
  • Work gloves
  • Foam
  • Velcro Tape 
  • Stick well
  • Finishing Nails
  • ½ Plywood

6. Machinery and Tools to be Used

  • Tucker Gun
  • Air Compressor
  • Hammer

7. Safety Procedures

  • Acknowledged using appropriate protection, such as safety glasses, gloves, dust mask, safety shoes. 
  • Adhesive and glue should be kept in place to avoid misuse.
  • Padded Panel needs to be vacuumed once a week and more often in areas of heavy traffic.  Regularly and frequently vacuuming enhances the life of fabric by preventing a buildup of dusty particles that can cut fabric fibers.

8. General

The Sub-Contractor reserves the right to make any amendment to the method from time to time in consultation with the Main Contractor, depending upon the particular worksite conditions.

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February 17, 2021

Method Statement for Gypsum Board Installation to Ceiling

Gypsum Board Installation to Ceiling

1. Purpose of the Method of Statement

The purpose of this Method Statement is to highlight the main points in gypsum board installation to the ceiling as per the approved shop drawings, ensuring health and safety, perfection and durability. In which, there two types of the board to be installed, the Water Moist Resistant for T&B ceiling installation and the ordinary gypsum board as the interior ceiling board up.

2. Description of Work

The work methodology of installation covers various tasks e.g., ceiling, bulkhead, opening and other design described and mentioned in the work activity plan to cover the ceiling with the required & recommended dimension, elevations and levelness all following the shop drawings.

Standard and calibrated accessories, equipment and devices required in gypsum ceiling include the advised and required steel furring, C-channels, and the carrying rod that will fasten to the concrete slab.

3. Delivery, Storage and Handling

  1. To minimize the risk of deterioration, plasterboard should be transported to the site just before installation.
  2. During handling and storage, gypsum sheets should be transported in an ‘upright’ or vertical position with particular care taken to protect the edges.
  3. Gypsum/Plasterboard should be kept in tidy, balanced stacks off the ground/floor in a dry covered area. This will prevent sliding and minimize possibility of damage to board edges and surfaces

4. Installation

  • Before installing plasterboard, a building or facility should be completely examined, inspected and checked to ensure that the framing is plumb, level and square other trades have finished their ‘rough-ins’.
  • When the installation of gypsum/plasterboards is accomplished, recommended level of finish should be maintained.
  • Prior proceedings to install the plasterboard, a facility should be completely inspected/examined to make sure that the framing is plumb, level and square other trades have finished their ‘rough-ins’ appropriately and as per the required standards
  • The spacing of studs, joists or battens takes into account the spacing recommended by the linings given as per the plan schedule/methodology. When the installation is accomplished, the gypsum/plasterboard will comply with the required standard of finish.
  • Prior proceedings to install the plasterboard to steel framing, completely inspect/examine that the framing has been assembled and erected as per the manufacturer’s instructions. All contact surfaces of the steel frame are dry, tidy and free from external materials contaminants such as oil, grease and dirt.
  • Steel Furring Channels (SFC) are installed at correct recommended angles to the underside of joists using clips or other sources such as fasteners.
  • Anchor clips are utilized to adjust/install steel furring to a slab ceiling properly as per the design. 
  • Furring Channels (FC) should be spaced as per the sheet thickness provided in the Frame Spacing.
  • Installation of the celling must be done carefully as per the plan. 
  • Gypsum sheets should be set out to make sure the best coverage and to minimize butt joints and or waste from the installation material or ceiling.

Proper and essential Provision of control joints in walls and ceilings:

  1. at maximum 12 meters intervals in both directions
  2. at every change of material 
  3. over control joints in the substrate
  4. at every change of substrate material. 

Plasterboard should be adjusted/installed to the substrate using one of the below highlighted systems: 

  • Combination adhesive and fastener. 
  • Screw fixed only. Nail fixed only.
  • A variety of clips and or trims available for finishing corners, edges and joints of plasterboard appropriately to make neat sharp lines, reduces cracking and to offer a higher level of impact resistance. 
  • Trims may be installed /adjusted with nails, or with cornice adhesive and then stopped and finished with the normal 3-coat system.

5. Supervision

Installation is accomplished by the competent, skilled and experienced technical technicians (installer) who has expertise in board installation finishing. They are accompanied by unskilled general workforce. And all installation work is supervised by experienced supervisor. Site Engineer/Architects will be available for better and continuous communication & co-ordination with main-contractor, sub-contractors, and also look into the technical aspects.

6. Fixing Materials Used

  • Steel Framing.
  • Wall angles.
  • C-Channel.
  • Carrying Rod.
  •  Connecting Clip.
  • Black Screw (BS) to connect Gypsum Board (GB) and Steel Framing (SF).
  • Shadow Line by (Manufacturer Name), as the termination between wall and ceiling.
  • Gypsum Putty (GP) and Wire Mesh Tape (WMT) for the control joint in every board laid. 
  • Gypsum Board for the Installation.

7. Machinery and Tools to be Used

  • Screw Gun. (Makita or any other similar brand)
  • Iron Scissor Cutter for furring
  • Toolbox with spirit level, measuring tape, water level, right angle, plump, and other items.

8. Safety Procedures

  • All Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) rules & regulations will be adhered to strictly.
  • All the workforce will wear overalls, safety boots, safety goggles, heavy duty hand gloves and Hard helmets. 
  • Adequate lighting and ventilation will be ensured during the installation.
  • It will be made sure that the machinery, equipment, devices and or tools used are safe to use, and good condition is maintained before and after each work. 
  • Proper markings will be applied on the wall by setting plumb to determine the exact locations

9. General

The Sub-Contractor reserves the right to make any amendment to the method from time to time in consultation with the Main Contractor, depending upon the particular worksite conditions.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

February 16, 2021

Construction Hazards Identification-PowerPoint

The Construction and Civil department involves higher ratio of the fatal incidents in the worldwide. here is some details of major hazards related to construction and for the complete PowerPoint training slide, you can find the file at the end of this page.

Objectives

Participants Will:

  1. Identify the four major hazards of construction and how to avoid them
  2. Describe ways to protect themselves from hazards
  3. Learn how to select and use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  4. Apply safety procedures when working in or around Trenches, Electrical equipment, Scaffolds and Power Tools

Major Hazards of Construction

  1. Falls
  2. Electrocution
  3. Being struck by falling objects
  4. Trapped during excavation

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February 16, 2021

Difference Between Leading and Lagging Indicators-PowerPoint

What are the Leading Indicators?

Here we will discuss what are leading indicators specific to occupational health and safety perspective. The leading indicators are proactive initiatives in their Realtime nature. Such indicators are carried out to check and stop unwanted events that leads to severe negative impacts on an organization’s businesses, to human life or towards society. Proper reporting activities are done in particular formats through health and safety observations, inspections and surveys. 

The Following Some Leading Examples of Leading Indicators Are:

  1. Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Training.
  2. Behaviour Base Trainings (BBT) and Audits.
  3. OHS Safety Audits.
  4. Toolbox Talks (TBT).
  5. Near Misses (NM).
  6. Attending and Joining in Safety Committee Meetings.
  7. Devices, Equipment/Machinery Maintenance.
  8. Various Hazard Identification Techniques E.g., Risk Assessments, JHA’s/JSA’s.

If we look deeper to such Leading indicators, no doubt they will push to enhance and promote health and safety awareness among all the stakeholders and prevention and will show how the organization is serious for the prevention of any near miss or fatal occurrences and taking proactive steps to target and gain excellence in safety.

What Are Lagging Indicators?

Such type of statistics is termed reactive. On the other side, lagging indicators are evaluation that incorporated data from the past. Such indicators include incidents and accidents (minor or fatal) statistics. These figures are the core/crux statistics that evaluate the overall effectiveness of health and safety within an organization. These lagging indicators will highlight and show the exact amount of many workers were injured with severity. 

The Following Some Leading Examples of Lagging Indicators Are:

  1. Injury Frequency and Severity.
  2. Lost Workdays.
  3. Health Savings Accounts (HSA) reportable incidents.
  4. Employees compensation cost.
  5. Chemical releases.

Being as health and safety accountable person, it is an essential part of your job to record all such lagging indicators that will protect you from your side against any legal action or complications. Along with their benefits, they have their shortcomings also. Always remember, that such indicators will only provide you information on workers injury data and their severity. The lagging mere measure failure, not performance.

The leading indicators will help the employers to improve their current occupational, health and safety management system along with the performance of their current safety management system on an ongoing basis, rather than relying on historic lagging indicators.

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February 16, 2021

Risk Assessment for Bricklaying

If you are health and safety professional and working as  HSE Manager, Engineer or Officer at your site; the following are some essential informational highlights that will help you to prepare a general risk and hazard identification document and will secure you from your job, legal and human losses:

Sub-Activity: 

  1. Brickwork Dermatitis 
  2. Operation of the angle grinder
  3. Fire risks
  4. Housekeeping
  5. Operator training Level
  6. Manual Handling of materials. This may be repetitive movements
  7. Projectile brick fragments resulting from cutting and trimming bricks
  8. Electrocution from portable electrical equipment
  9. Competitors getting mortar in their eyes when laying bricks or unloading onto the spot board
  10. Contact with hazardous substances e.g., mortar
  11. Dust from cutting bricks or blocks and dried mortar
  12. Slips and trips
  13. Noise use of equipment
  14. Electrocution from portable electrical equipment
  15. Use of hand tools
  16. Falling objects landing on feet
  17. Dusty environment
  18. Cement/COSHH
  19. Welfare and first aid
  20. Operation of a Silo
  21. Using the electric pallet truck

Hazards Identified

  1. Wet working/Contact with known sensitizers
  2. Contact with machinery, electrocution, handling and lifting injuries, entanglement, slips, trips and falls
  3. Slips, trips and falls
  4. Crush, cuts and splash injury
  5. Back injuries
  6. Eye injuries
  7. Irritation to eyes from contact
  8. Contact dermatitis and burns.
  9. Dust exposure could cause silicosis
  10. Sprains and fractures if they trip over waste
  11. Use of equipment, e.g., Brick cutter, Angle grinder, Pugmill and Cement mixer May cause Hearing loss, if not controlled.
  12. Burns or fatal injuries from faulty equipment
  13. Injury resulting from the incorrect use of hand tools or use of damaged tools
  14. Crushing, cuts, bruises, fractures
  15. Inhalation Skin burns Irritation to eyes
  16. Good facilities help to prevent dermatitis etc.
  17. Entanglement, manual handling injuries, mixer falling over
  18. How: Collisions with pedestrians, crushing or feet, falling loads, blocking walkways

Control Measures

  1. Time spent wet working should be limited
  2. All persons encouraged to wash and thoroughly dry hands after handling products/ingredients known to cause dermatitis
  3. Barrier cream provided in welfare facilities
  4. Staff members and Volunteers will be provided with gloves and any other PPE required.
  5. Gloves should be worn where possible when working with known sensitizers
  6. All persons encouraged to wash and thoroughly dry hands after handling products/ingredients known to cause sensitization even if gloves are worn
  7. Food processors to be used where possible to limit contact with foods COSHH risk assessments must be completed for all chemical substances that require them and control measures must be implemented (Lime, Cement etc.)
  8. The brick saw is guarded at all times.
  9. Users must have completed on-site formularization with all equipment. Prior each time use, make a visual inspection of blade, machine and lead.
  10. Faulty equipment to be removed from use.
  11. Staff not to wear flowing clothes and must have long hair tied back when using the grinder which may become entangled
  12. Ear defenders, safety boots, full face mask and trousers to be worn when using this equipment
  13. Leads are not left across walkways
  14. Blades only to be changed by a competent person
  15. A designated fire assembly point to be designated once skill area has been set. Fire extinguishers to be placed in and around the skill area in an appropriate location to be changed by a competent person
  16. The skill area must be kept clean and clear and all spillages dealt with immediately. All assigned walkways to be kept tidy of blockages.
  17. The competitor must be of the desired competency as highlighted in section 2
  18. Competency and Scope of Work in the Technical Description
  19. Mandatory manual handling and lifting training for staff
  20. Students have demonstrated the correct manual handling technique at induction
  21. Competitors are supervised when manual handling to ensure that the correct technique is used. Spot boards are raised to easy working height
  22. Bricks/blocks stock to be stored in covered areas to prevent taking on water
  23. Deliveries to be organised to prevent repetitive movement.
  24. Sharing of manual handling tasks to prevent one person from completing the whole task
  25. Pallet trucks will be used as manual handling move aids. 
  26. Specified cutting zones for brick cutting
  27. Full facemask must be worn when cutting bricks.
  28. Continued monitoring and supervision of competitors to ensure that they are wearing the goggles provided
  29. All electrical equipment must be tested and have a valid PAT test sticker attached.
  30. A good example is the prolific use of centre tapped earth transformers for temporary power (the yellow boxes). This minimizes the voltage risk from 240 Volts to a safer 110 Volts 
  31. Continued monitoring and supervision of competitors to ensure that they are wearing the goggles provided Competitors are advised at induction that throwing mortar will result in the removal from the skill area.
  32. Risk of dermatitis or lime/cement burns and precaution explained to all students and staff
  33. Dry sweeping not permitted
  34. Industrial vacuum cleaners are used
  35. Workshop cleaning schedule and checklist being implemented
  36. Importance of housekeeping discussed with students Staff and volunteers will wear safety footwear Designated walkways within the workshop area
  37. Workshop cleaning schedule and checklist being implemented
  38. Good housekeeping is re-instilled at every session.
  39. Hearing defenders wore during specified activities
  40. Continued monitoring and supervision of students by staff to ensure that they are using hearing protection.
  41. Cement silo and cement mixer are only used by trained staff.
  42. Electrical equipment will be tested by competent persons regularly
  43. Tools are visually inspected at the start of each practical session Competitors are to be trained before using hand tools and are instructed to carry out a visual check before using any equipment.
  44. Any damaged tools are removed from use immediately by SB etc.
  45. The workshop is designated as a Protective Footwear (steels toe caps) zone
  46. Competitors informed at induction that they must wear safety boots at all time when working in the workshop 
  47. for Competitors that have forgotten or damaged their PPE.
  48. Anyone without the required PPE will not be allowed into the practical areas of the competition.
  49. Materials not stacked too high
  50. Dry sweeping is prohibited. Try to use brooms to push waste/debris around but not be used to sweep
  51. Industrial vacuum cleaners used
  52. Competitors or staff with breathing difficulties to be identified and to have a personal risk assessment completed. 
  53. Debris from demolishing model to be scraped together into a heap using the trowel and disposed of in the barrow
  54. Staff/ Competitors are trained in the used cement and lime products and are aware of the hazards
  55. Mixed up in a well-ventilated area
  56. Bags opened with care
  57. Staff and Competitors trained in the use of cement and lime and are aware of the hazards related to the use and control.
  58. Competitors closely supervised when using cement and lime.
  59. Gloves and goggles/face mask to be worn at all times when handling cement or lime-like products.
  60. Handwashing facilities available to all staff and Competitors.
  61. Barrier cream will be provided.
  62. Hot and cold water, soap, towels, skin cream and full-size washbasin Washroom provided to allow Competitors to wash hands and forearms
  63. The Silo is checked before each use, drum and lead equipment. Silo will be set up the level on a firm base.
  64. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for setting up and use of the silo.
  65. Staff not to wear flowing clothes and must have long hair tied back when using equipment which may become entangled as a result of its operation. All staff to have completed manual handling training
  66. New staff to be instructed in the safe use of equipment
  67. Faulty equipment to be removed from use and SB, H&S to be informed. Lead not to be left across walkways
  68. Gloves to be worn when handling cement or lime-based products
  69. Goggles and safety boots must be worn when mixing products.
  70. Pallet truck has a crush button
  71. All users have had training (training provider recommends retraining on a three-yearly basis)
  72. Users should wear hi-vis when operating the pallet truck
  73. Horn to be used when maneuvering truck around a corner or blind spot
  74. Pallets and mortar bins have designated storage locations in the workshop to prevent blocking walkways
  75. Protective footwear must be worn when using the pallet truck All persons working in the workshop

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Monday, February 15, 2021

February 15, 2021

METHOD STATEMENT-BEAM AND BLOCK INSTALLATION

Method Statement for the Installation of Pre-Cast Concrete Beams and Infill Blocks Using a Lorry Mounted Hiab Crane: 

The Site/Project Supervisor will arrive on-site and report to the site office with the assigned team for the site induction and ensure that the conditions of the method statement can be fulfilled and that the contractor/sub-contractor/customer has undertaken any preparatory works mandatory to enable the lorry to reach position.

  1. The operatives will then clean the surface of the brickwork with a trowel or same tool in preparation for the damp proof course. This will be rolled out by the workforce/operation workers and safeguarded to prevent any movement during the positioning of the beams.
  2. The operatives will then assemble the necessary equipment in readiness for the arrival of the delivery vehicle.
  3. Upon the arrival of the lorry, a member of the team will direct the vehicle into its right, assigned and designated position as per site plan. The Vehicle/lorry operator will then rig up as per the manufacturer’s instructions with the help of the Floor span Contracts operatives if required.
  4. Once the lorry is set up and all operational safety checks have been undertaken, the Supervisor will brief the rest of the team on the sequence of events in the form of a toolbox talk, following the Method Statement and Risk Assessment (MSRA). This will make sure that all workforce is aware of the sequence of works and the possibility of the sereneness of hazards present.
  5. The lorry driver will then use the ‘HIAB’ crane and a bespoke hydraulic grab to position the beams onto the footing.
  6. This operation will be repeated until all components are in position.
  7. All infill blocks will be delivered on an articulated vehicle on the morning of the works. If required Floor span operatives will act as a banksman to guide the vehicle safely into position. The blocks will be offloaded in a position agreed with the site representative that is acceptable for all the involved parties.
  8. When all beams are in place the lorry driver will remove the beam grab and replace it with a traditional block grab to position the infill blocks onto the footing. Packs of blocks (pallets) will then be put on the floor by the heavy machinery (crane).
  9. This process will be repeated until all of the blocks have been placed on the floor.
  10. When the lorry has undertaken all of its duties it can de-rig and be directed from the site by a member of the installation team.
  11. The operatives then move on for the installation process which includes the laying of edge blocks and the cutting of infill blocks and grouting on accomplishment.
  12. The cutting of Infill blocks may be initiated by either powered disc cutter or Manual Block Splitter (MBS).
  13. Operatives to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout.
  14. The operatives will conduct a final check of the floor and ensure that the area is clean, tidy, and safe. All tools will be cleaned, and equipment gathered.
  15. The operatives will then seek client approval and ensure that all parties are satisfied before conducting a final headcount and departing the site.
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