What are the Specific Risks Faced by Concreters?
Anyone who uses concrete or is responsible for managing or supervising its use should be aware that it can be hazardous. Concrete dust contains particles of crystalline silica, which, if small enough, can be inhaled into the lungs. Prolonged exposure to this dust can result in sever lung problems.
It’s important for businesses and workers operating in the industry to be aware of this and other risks, so that they can put procedures in place to minimise risk.
The following are other risks that are common to concreters:
- Manual Handling: Working in the concreting industry involves a certain amount of manual handling. If done incorrectly, manual handling can lead to injuries or disorders of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage and spinal discs.
- Noise: Concreters are exposed to high noise levels on a regular basis as part of their role. Permanent hearing damage can be caused depending on the loudness and the length of time a person is exposed to it.
- Particles: Concrete particles can be inhaled, or they can enter the eyes, which can cause irritation and burning.
- Falling Objects: On a construction site, heavy items can be dropped easily, often from height. This can result in serious injury to a worker, or even death.
As a concreter, it is possible to reduce the risk that you are exposed to, however it’s important to back up your risk prevention strategies with an appropriate insurance policy.