Econet Risk Assessment [Base Document]
Assessment: Construction (paths, ponds, etc.)

Scope: Activity [Task]

Assessment Summary: Construction (paths, ponds, etc.);

Construction (paths, ponds, etc.)
Last updated: 02/07/2023 11:32:08
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Cement burns; respiratory distress; lower back strains; minor bruises and sprains; twisted ankles; stomach complaints
Typical groups at risk
Volunteers; other site users; general public
  • Contact with hand tools
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Manual handling
  • Use of mell and post driver
  • Contact with treated timber
  • Contact with cement dust and mortar
  • Contact with paint or other chemicals
  • Soil borne infections
  • Tools: See "General Conservation Activities" risk assessment.
  • Slips, trips and falls: See "General Conservation Activities" risk assessment.
  • When using post driver, ensure volunteers are familiar with its correct use.
  • When using either post driver or mell, hard hats must be worn, bar must be used to hold stakes or posts in position, stob twister or bar to hold stobs in position.
  • Demonstrate safe lifting and handling techniques.
  • If available, use wheelbarrows and other handling aids to move heavier items.
  • Ensure routes for transporting tools and materials are kept clear.
  • Divert public away from working area using waring signs if available, and leave safe at end of day.
  • Avoid treating timber; use pre-treated timber where available and suitable.
  • Treated timber should be dry and protective gloves worn when handling.
  • Waste treated timber must be disposed of via waste facility and not burnt.
  • Cement and mortar must be used in accordance with manufacture's instructions (which must be available). Face masks should be used to protect from dust.
  • Always wash hands or use cleansing wipes or gel before eating, drinking or smoking.
  • Take frequent breaks when undertaking heavy or repetitive tasks such as when hammering or using slasher or strimmer, or alternate with other (lighter) task to reduce risk of strains and other injuries associated with vibration and repetitive movements.
  • Where paint, timber preservative or other chemicals are being used: See "Use of Chemicals" risk assessment.

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   16 February 2024 18:40 T2302164464