Monday, May 17, 2021

Brickwork & Blockwork Risk Assessment

Below are some of the hazards and their control measures you must consider while preparing risk assessment for the Brickwork & Blockwork:


A. Falls of materials

B. Cutting of bricks / blocks

C. Silica Dust – chronic pulmonary disease (COPD)

D. Working at height


  1. Severe lacerations or amputation.
  2. Multiple injuries.
  3. Petrol fumes from fuel and carbon monoxide from exhaust.
  4. Silicosis (occupational lung disease).
  5. Lung Cancer (LC). 
  6. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease-(COPD). 
  7. Fatality or death.
  8. Electrocution & injury to personnel. 
  9. Damage to equipment. 
  10. Fumes.
  11. Ergonomically disorders.
  12. Hearing Damage.

Control Measures

  • Personal Protective equipment (PPE) is worn by all workers and visitors to include hard hats, safety shoes to BS/EN standards.
  • Respiratory Protection equipment and devices must be worn to EN149 FFP3 with a minimum protection factor of 20 when cutting bricks/ blocks.
  • Impact type of goggles to BS EN 166 must be worn during bricks / blocks cutting operation.
  • All waste materials and or substance must be removed from working and operational area preventing the risk of slip and trip fatal injuries.

The following Personal Protective equipment (PPE) must be used on every occasion:

  1. Eye protection (goggles)
  2. Hearing protection
  3. Gloves
  4. Dust mask (when cutting stone)
  5. Safety footwear

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