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Operation : Plastering


Who might be harmed


Suggested Control Measure

General Site Activities.


Uneven ground, broken glass, overgrown areas, slips, trips and falls.

P.P.E to be worn at all times. Site to be kept tidy/free from obstructions where possible. When cables are routed in access areas ensure they are kept to the sides or routed overhead or underground and secured. Cable lengths must be kept to a minimum. Operatives must visually inspect all cables and sockets for damage before use. Avoid trailing through water to avoid risk of damage from plant etc. Cables must not be routed across traffic routes. All electrical extension cables must be subject to a planned maintenance programme and inspected periodically with records maintained.

Material Handling.


Back strain, bodily injury.

All personnel will be trained in safe manual handling techniques, large or heavy loads will be lifted or moved with mechanical equipment, fork lift trucks/cranes/hoists. Where this is not available assistance will be provided. Wherever possible large loads will be split into smaller loads and safe routes planned and established before work begins. Work to be pre-fabricated as far reasonably practicable.

Use Of Hand Tools.


Personal injury.

Tool to be suitable for the purpose intended and maintained in good working order. Tools to be inspected regularly in accordance with manufacturers instructions. Open blade knives must be kept in protective sheaths unless in use. Screwdrivers and other sharp tools are to be used in the correct manner so as not to cause injury. All operatives to be given instructions in the safe use of hand tools as part of their skill training. Tools which may deteriorate are to be checked on a regular basis and maintained or replaced as necessary.



Eye injuries.

Suitable eye protection to be provided and must be worn whenever there is a risk of flying particles.

Supervisor to monitor the use of all hand tools and to make specific checks for chisels with mushroom heads, hammer heads for security, files for loose handles and exposed tangs, open ended spanners for splayed jaws, and all other indications of wear and tear.

Use Of Portable Electrical Equipment.


Personal injuries, electrocution, shock, burns, fire, explosion.

Equipment selected to be suitable for purpose and only operated by nominated competent personnel. All equipment to be 110v if 240v to be used with a R.C.D. The R.C.D to be tested at start of works and by a competent engineer every 12 months. All equipment must be double insulated. All equipment to be PAT every 12 months. Visual inspection before use by operator. All cables to be fitted with enclosed sockets.

Use Of Equipment With Moving Parts.


Eye, hand injuries, abrasions, cuts.

When using equipment with moving parts such as drills, circular saws etc, loose clothing should be removed and hair tied back to prevent entanglement. All equipment must be guarded and used in compliance with manufacturers instructions.

Use Of Plant.


Personal injury.

All operators using cartridge tools are to be trained and certificated by their supplier. Abrasive wheel changing to be carried out only by a trained competent person. Site machinery i.e. fork lift trucks, dumpers, hoists etc to be operated only by fully trained and certificated operatives.

Noise Assessment.

Employees / Public

Personal injury.

Consideration to be given when using machinery and cutting equipment to ensure other operatives and bystanders are not affected by the noise from the operations.

Working At Hights.

Employees / Public

Personal injury / serious inquiry / death to operative third parties.

Correct access equipment to be provided for the work to be undertaken and instruction and training to be given on its use.

Ladders to be secure and tied and only to be used as a means of access not a place of work, all ladders to be inspected and records kept. Defective ladders to be removed and destroyed.

Where personnel use step-ladders, they must ensure they are in good condition and suitable in terms of size and material construction for the job. Step-ladders will be spread to the fullest extent and properly leveled, the top step will not be used as a workplace unless there are extended handrails.

Tower scaffolds if provided, to be erected and modified by competent person only that is trained and certified.

Fixed scaffolding to be erected by a competent person, handover certificate to be provided before use, if modified or after bad weather pe-inspect. Scaffolding to be re-inspected every 7 days. Personnel to check for scaff-tags.

Should it be necessary to use fall and arrest equipment, all personnel must be trained and understand the requirements in Sparkle-RA5.


Employees / Public

Fall Of Materials

When working at height the area beneath will be barriered off and protected preventing access for third parties and general public. Where mewp,s are used banksmen will be available. All access equipment will have handrails, guardrails and toe boards and guard/debris netting as is necessary.

Mixing Sand / Cements / Pre-Mix Plasters.


Dust Inhalation.

Always mix materials in a well ventilated area.

Additional Items of Concern Noted By Your Company or Site Specific


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