Construction industry related trades such as plastering contain many potential hazards, so there is an obligation on those involved to be aware of, and observe, safe working practices. In the case of employers, they’re obliged to protect workers on their sites by adhering to full health and safety regulations.
To learn more I spoke to Regency Plaster Installers in London. They have provided plasterwork for some of London’s most famous projects and are very familiar with current legislation and adopt best practices when it comes to observing both a property owner’s and plasterer’s safety.
Here are the most hazardous aspects of plastering. Ensure that you observe safe practices by ensuring each of the below risks are assessed on a regular basis:
- Working at height – a key risk and source of most construction accidents
- Falling objects – a common danger on multi-level work sites
- Dust and debris – certain dust and debris is a danger to health
- Health and hygiene – concerning provision of proper washing and rest facilities
- Chemicals – mortar can prove hazardous to unprotected skin
- Manual handling – care when lifting heavy loads
- Asbestos – a major health hazard if inhaled
- Noise – working in vicinity of noisy equipment
- Vehicular movement – the risk from vehicles and heavy machinery moving about a work area
- Sun exposure – a risk to the skin when working outside
- Confined spaces – working in confined spaces is a risk as is attempting to help people in some sort of distress if they’re trapped
- PPE (personal protective equipment) – ensuring it is provided and worn at all times when required such as hard hats, protective footwear and overalls
- Fire – a significant hazard so fire protection such as care using naked flames and smoking should be observed
- First aid – sites should have easy access to basic first aid equipment and a trained first aider on site
The CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) publish many guides concerning safety, and conduct site visits to assess risks and advise on health and safety procedures.