Provides an example risk assessment for a contract bricklayer to help you see what a risk assessment might look like.
Kara Burnell's insight:
This site appears to be a comprehensive guide to a step by step process to setting up a worksite and applying relevant OHS procedures on the way. This site would be very helpful for apprentices and qualified bricklayers
It is very important that bricklayers consider their backs while working. This video illustrates how working in teams can help to prevent lower back injury. It also indicates that there will be a time benefit to this way of working too. So ultimately both the employer and employee can benefit by using this technique.
My husband Peter and his son Alex working in the back yard of our house in WA before we came over to QLD. They were looking for the plumbing pipes. Fortunately they knew where to other services were.
Well... now... what is wrong with this picture?
Both Peter and Alex both work in mining and are both very conscious of OHS in their respective workplaces. But, as happens in a lot of private backyards, this awareness can too often be dismissed.
As you can see, there is a total lack of PPE.
Alex is standing in a deep hole in sandy soil. He is in a confined space with nothing preventing the sand walls from collapsing.
The area around them is uncontrolled and not indicating to anyone else in the area that this project is taking place. It so happened that there were two small children running around and playing outside.
My Son A.J works at Hurfords Hardwood in Lismore NSW he has sent me some photos and we chatted on the phone.
A.J says the 'automatic grinding machine' that is featured in the photo is used to sharpen the blades that plane planks of wood. He says that the machine itself while it is going is very safe as it is all enclosed while it is operating. However, the blades themselves are as A.J calls them 'deathly sharp' and they need to be handled with great care.
A.J says that he always works in a logical and methodical fashion and that seems to help him with handling such dangerous equipment as he always follows a step by step approach.
Looking for potential hazards in this photo I can see a blade sharpener is placed on a stool which could be bumped, knocked or stumbled on. A container of oil or chemicals id stored under a bench (does it need to be stored in a cupboard?) a handle from a machine on the left side of the picture is protruding and could be bumped into or clothing could be caught on it. A bag of some sort is on the floor on the right, should it be under the bench?
Using scaffolding is an essential element in a bricklayers job as they attend to higher courses of bricks. It is important that all bricklayers understand how to construct, use, and ensure the safety of everyone working on or around the scaffolding.
My friend Lita works as a celebrant in Perth. Lita emailed me this pic and we spoke on the phone about her views on the OHS issues she has to be aware of in her job.
Lita says that she will find herself in many different situations from backyards to parks, from churches to the beach. She says that her greatest concerns are usually to do with the electrical cords for her sound system. Some times there will be long cords stretching out through backyards while people are walking around, not concentrating on where they are walking.
She says she has had ladies falling over when high heels get caught in the grass. She gets concerned when children are running around ponds in parks while their parents are busy interacting with other guests.
Lita says that for her personally as she has long standing back problems she has to be very careful about how she lifts equipment in and out of her car and how long she has to stand. She finds it difficultly when walking on uneven ground and in sand, so she will often talk to the bride and groom about her limitations, she says they are generally accommodating to her needs too.
My son Lenny is a bricklayer in Hobart Tasmania he sent me some photos and we chatted on the phone about his work in relation to OHS.
Lenny has told me that there are several OHS issues that he needs to be mindful about when he is at work, such as, lifting heavy weights like multiple bricks. Bending in correct ways so that his back doesn't get too sore. and keeping the area around him clear so that he doesn't step backwards and trip over.
Lenny sent me a photo of some scaffolding at his current worksite. He said that the day before a work colleague had fallen through and badly hurt his back. This occurred as there were gaps in the planking that allowed his workmate to fall through.
Looking at other potential hazards in this picture I can see low hanging bars attached to the scaffolding which someone could bump their heads on. Debris near the scaffolding could cause a trip hazard or create congestion if this area needs to be accessed. Glass windows may not be secured fully and could fall out.
My daughter Jacquie demonstrates cold press juicers in a variety of department stores from Myers to Big W.
Jacquie says that she has been taught that she must store the knives She uses safely and out of sight of customers while not using them. she says she has to make sure that the bags and boxes she uses to bring her work station and equipment in have to be packed under her bench with nothing protruding that can cause a trip hazard. Jacquie said that she is responsible for any spills that happen either by her or the people sampling the juice as the spills can become slip hazards.
Looking at the environment around Jacquie in this photo there are other potential hazards to consider:
Jacquie is in a very exposed or open position that would allow to shoppers will be able to move freely around her, therefore, Jacquie has little protection from an inattentive customer with a trolley for example.
There is a hanging power point that would need to be in good working order.
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