Am I In Danger?
Constructing concrete and masonry walls is especially dangerous because
of the tremendous loads that need to be supported. There are risks of major accidents, and
even death, when jacks or lifting equipment are used to position slabs and walls, or when
shoring is required until structures can support themselves.
How Do I Avoid Hazards?
- Do not place construction loads on a concrete structure until a qualified
person indicates that it can support the load.
- Adequately shore or brace structures until permanent supporting elements are
in place, or concrete has been tested to assure sufficient strength.
- Only allow those who are essential to and actively engaged in construction
or lifting operations to enter the work area.
- Take measures to prevent unrolled wire mesh from recoiling, such as
securing each end or turning the roll over.
- Do not load lifting devices beyond their capacity.
- Use automatic holding devices to support forms in case a lifting mechanism