Concrete Work (Cement)

Photo Courtesy of Thinkstock #104500824. Concrete contains caustic chemicals which can burn you if it comes into contact with your skin. Be smart, wear the correct PPE to protect you from this hazard.
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Concrete contains caustic chemicals which can burn you if it comes into contact with your skin. Be smart, wear the correct PPE to protect you from this hazard.

Every year hundreds of millions of cubic yards of cement are poured, mixed, molded, or are used in projects like finishing, plastering and bricklaying by workers.

This can expose them to hazards such as:

  • Falls (from any height)
  • Loud noise
  • Skin irritants and corrosives (e.g., lime)
  • Sprains and strains

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  • Blowouts (due to buildup)
  • Heat Illness
  • Moving, unguarded mechanical parts (e.g. mixers)
  • Silica, Hexavalent Chromium
  • Slips, and trips
  • Heavy equipment (ran over, struck-by)
  • Swinging or flying objects
  • Traffic (road construction)
  • Whipping (due to air being pushed through system)

Hazards like these can lead to serious injuries or even death.

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing and foreseeable safety & health hazards, and provide resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written safety & health accident prevention program (APP).

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