12-09-2013

There are multiple ways in which people can potentially get injured on a building site - many of which can be avoided with risk assessments and due care and attention from employees.

Operating in the cement industry is no different and there are several different types of injuries it can cause to workers.

People could injure themselves as a result of slips, trips and falls or being hit by a moving, flying or falling object. These types of incidents can happen on all construction sites unless due care and attention is taken by staff members.

Working in the cement industry can also lead to occupational health issues. Some people may end up suffering from musculoskeletal disorders, while others may suffer from skin diseases like dermatitis. Workers can also experience respiratory diseases like occupational asthma.

Cement mixers are a common sight on building projects and many companies may use tool hire services to acquire them for a project. However, they should ensure any employees are trained in how to use them and are fully competent before they start mixing cement.

Risks can also occur when cement is being used to make concrete. This material is heavy in both its liquid and solid forms and people could be injured while lifting or carrying concrete blocks across the site or using a wheelbarrow to move the mixture to a hole that needs filling.

The Health and Safety Executive notes more than a third of reports of injuries lasting more than three days it receives are caused by manual handling. This is when loads are transported either by hand or using bodily force.

Employers therefore have a duty to avoid any hazardous manual handling on a building site whenever possible, as well as assess and reduce the risk of injury from any potentially dangerous manual handling if it cannot be avoided.

These rules could help to reduce the risk of these types of accidents occurring on a building site on which workers are dealing with concrete and moving it around.

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