Reducing occupational health risks associated with concrete pours
Ensuring the health and wellbeing of your workforce is essential.
Below is an example of how a site achieved this:
- The objectives were to minimise the effects of occupational health risks associated with ‘scrabbling’ some huge areas and many small areas of hard concrete in an EFW plant;
- The project involved roughening concrete, which exposes operatives to hand arm vibration risks.
- The team resolved this problem by designing prefabricated pocket forms, constructed from expanded metal sheeting with temporary formwork inside, that could be inserted into the plinth prior to concrete placement with the only the internal sheeting to be removed post pour.
- The site also developed a new system of concrete pour through tubes, eliminating the need for operatives to get more involved and become exposed to vibration and dust.
- The contractor convinced the design team to accept the modifications to improve the working conditions for the operatives.
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Monitor Report, Clugston Construction Ltd, Cleveland, October 2015