Example Risk Assessment for Contract Bricklayers - HSE for Northern Ireland

Example risk assessment: Contract bricklayers
thought about the work seen on sites; and
talked to employees to help identify the significant
hazards and particular work practices.
2 The manager then wrote down who could be harmed
by the hazards and how.
3 For each hazard identified, the manager recorded
what controls, if any, were in place to manage these
hazards. These controls were then compared to the
good practice guidance laid out in the manufacturers’
instructions or the data sheets, Health and safety in
construction, Essentials of health and safety at work
publications and the HSE construction web pages.
Where existing controls did not meet good practice the
manager wrote down what further actions were needed
to manage the risk.
4 Putting the findings of the risk assessment into
practice, the manager decided and recorded who was
responsible for implementing the further actions and
when they should be done. When each action was
completed it was ticked off and the date was recorded.
5 The manager decided that for each new site it was
important to make sure the assessment was suitable
and amend it depending on the particular work and
conditions. A review and update of the general risk
assessment would be made each year and staff would
learn from the work on different sites.
How was the site-specific risk assessment
1 To turn the general risk assessment into a site-specific
assessment the manager checked the following had
been identified:
the right hazards;
who might be harmed and how;
controls that would need to be taken on this particular
site; and
who would be responsible for putting the controls into
practice and when.
2 The manager did this by:
checking the construction phase plan for the site.
looking at the general layout of the site as well as what
materials were to be used (in particular what weight of
blocks and lintels), what equipment and plant would
be needed, and what general rules would need to be
visiting the site; and
discussing the work and the site conditions and general
rules with the principal contractor’s site manager.
3 The manager made the supervisor responsible for
briefing the bricklayers about the site rules on their first
Setting the scene
The manager of a successful bricklaying contractor,
with help from worker representatives, carried out
a general risk assessment that covered their typical
work. This assessment was used when tendering for
contracts to demonstrate the firms approach to health
and safety. In the tender documents the manager
was clear about what was needed from the principal
contractor to do the job safely and properly.
The firm won a bricklaying contract for a development
of three-storey flats. Work was due to start on 1 May
2006. The manager checked the construction phase
plan and met the principal contractors site manager on
the site. This extra information was used to amend the
general assessment so that it was specific to the work
and conditions.
How was the risk assessment done?
The manager followed the guidance in Five steps to risk
assessment (www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg163.pdf).
1 To identify the hazards, the manager:
read HSE’s construction web pages and HSE’s
publication HSG150 Health and safety in construction
(available from HSE Books, www.hsebooks.com);
checked the manufacturers’ instructions for tools/
machinery and the data sheet for mortar;
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