Econet Risk Assessment [Base Document]
Assessment: Fencing

Scope: Activity [Task]

Assessment Summary: Fencing;

Last updated: 14/07/2022 11:19:39
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Ill health from chemical ingestion; sprains and bruises; minor cuts; concussion; broken fingers, eye injuries
Typical groups at risk
Volunteers; other site users; general public
  • Contact with hand tools
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Eye injuries
  • Handling wire (new and reclaimed)
  • Use of mell and post driver
  • Ingestion of nails, staples, etc., by livestock
  • Contact with wood preservative
  • Tools: See "General Conservation Activities" risk assessment.
  • Slips, trips and falls: See "General Conservation Activities" risk assessment.
  • Protective gloves should be worn when handling treated timber and wire.
  • Treated timber should be dry.
  • Goggles should be worn when chiselling or drilling timber, and when handling high tensile or barbed wire.
  • Rolls of wire should be carried on a stake or bar between two people.
  • Loose ends of wire rolls should be weighted or fixed firmly before wire is unrolled.
  • Rolls of stock netting must be handled at the ends, and fingers kept clear of the mesh.
  • Excavated holes should be covered when unattended.
  • Fence line should be kept free of obstructions to prevent slips and trips.
  • 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.
  • Only volunteer operating the wire strainer must be close to the fence when strain is applied.
  • Take care to ensure nails, staples, short lengths of wire, etc., are not lost in vegetation.

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   16 February 2024 18:40 T2302164464