Safety knowledge when handling concrete

Safety knowledge when handling concrete

Guangzhou : China | Jun 10, 2012 at 11:56 PM PDT
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Concrete is easy to work with, versatile, durable, and economical. By observing a few basic precautions, it is also safe-one of the safest building materials known vibrating screen. Over the years, relatively few people involved in mixing, handling, and finishing concrete have experienced injury. Outlined below are some simple suggestions-protection, prevention, common sense precautions-useful to anyone working with portland cement and concrete.

The jobsite should be adequately marked to warn the public of construction activities of dryer machine. Fences, barricades, and warning signs can be used to restrict public access. And the work area should be kept clean and uncluttered to minimize hazards to workers. Remember: safety is the job of everyone onsite.

1. Protect Your Head and Eyes. Construction equipment and tools represent constant potential hazards to busy construction personnel. It is therefore recommended that some sort of head protection, such as a hard hat or safety hat, be worn when working any construction job, large or small.

Proper eye protection is essential when working with cement or concrete. Eyes are particularly vulnerable to blowing dust, splattering concrete, and other foreign objects. On some jobs it may be advisable to wear full-cover goggles or safety glasses with side shields. Remember that sight is precious. Protect the head and eyes by using proper safety equipment and remaining alert.

2. Protect Your Back. All materials used to make concrete-portland cement, coarse aggregate, sand, and water-can be quite heavy even in small quantities. When lifting heavy materials, your back should be straight, legs bent, and the weight between your legs as close to the body as possible. Do not twist at the waist while lifting or carrying these items. Rather than straining your back with a heavy load, get help. Remember to use your head, not your back. hammer crusher:

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Let mechanical equipment work to your advantage by placing concrete as close as possible to its final position. After the concrete is deposited in the desired area by chute, pump, or wheelbarrow, it should be pushed-not lifted-into final position with a shovel. A short-handled, square-end shovel is an effective tool for spreading concrete, but special concrete rakes or comes along also can be used. Excessive horizontal movement of the concrete not only requires extra effort, but may also lead to segregation of the concrete ingredients.

Avoid actions that cause dust to become airborne. Local or general ventilation can control exposures below applicable exposure limits; respirators may be used in poorly ventilated areas, where exposure limits are exceeded, or when dust causes discomfort or irritation. Avoid prolonged exposure to dust.

3. Protect Your Skin. When working with fresh concrete, care should be taken to avoid skin irritation or chemical burns. Prolonged contact between fresh concrete and skin surfaces, eyes, and clothing may result in burns that are quite severe, including third-degree burns. If irritation persists consult a physician. For deep burns or large affected skin areas, seek medical attention immediately.

Drying Portland cement is hygroscopic-it absorbs water. In fact, portland cement needs water to harden. It will draw water away from any material it contacts-including skin. Clothing worn as protection from fresh concrete should not be allowed to become saturated with moisture from fresh concrete because saturated clothing can transmit alkaline or hygroscopic effects to the skin.

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