Concrete is easily the most commonly used construction material in the modern world, but it is not without its risks.
Here at Easycrete, we pride ourselves on our reputation as the South East’s foremost concrete supplier, delivering the very best in volumetric concrete and ready-mixed concrete Horsham solutions to customers up and down the region, including Horsham and beyond. With such an extensive client-base, it’s understandable that we want our customers to remain safe and sound when using our products.
To that end, we have put together the following list of common workplace risks associated with laying concrete, and how best to avoid or resolve them.
During the curing process, wet concrete tends to have a pH rating somewhere around the 11.5-13 mark. As any Horsham resident who took GCSE chemistry will remember, this makes its highly alkaline material and one with the potential of causing anything from mild skin irritation to serious chemical burns, depending on the sensitivity of your skin. This can be preventing by minimising skin contact with the concrete mix. Proper protective clothing, including gloves and goggles should be a key part of any employee’s work gear.
If you’re working with volumetric concrete, you will find yourself exposed to the base ingredients for mixing your concrete. These include cement, sand, and other aggregates and additives, many of which can cause respiratory problems, should they find their way into your lungs. To prevent this, and the numerous health risks associated with it, all employees working with dry concrete mixes should be wearing dust masks over their mouths and noses.
Trips, Slips, and Falls
Whether your concrete Horsham is wet or dry, you need to be aware of the risks it presents. Wet concrete is a slipping hazard, which can easily result in a fall or similar injury. Dried and cured concrete poses another set of potential hazards. On the one hand, concrete slabs are easy to trip over, if not adequately marked. Similarly, they are also incredibly heavy and prone to tipping if incorrectly positioned. To prevent the chance of a fatal accident on-site, all concrete slabs should be clearly marked or partitioned, and it goes without saying that all employees should be wearing hard hats.
As the contractor, it is your responsibility to ensure that all your staff have been suitably trained to operate the concrete mixing machines, concrete pumps, or any other concrete equipment. Some concrete suppliers may provide you with a qualified and licensed mixer operator, but that will usually increase the cost of the order. In any event, operating a concrete mixer truck takes skill and practice to perfect, considering the sheer weight of the material it holds.
Here at Easycrete, we believe in putting the safety of our clients in Horsham and beyond, front and centre of our business plan. For more information on concrete safety – be it volumetric concrete or ready-mixed concrete – call the South East’s foremost concrete suppliers. You can get in touch on 01342 893 289 and speak to a member of the team, who will be happy to assist with your enquiry.