As we all know, there are always things to look out for when on a dangerous job, especially one as dangerous as concrete cutting. Whether you’re required to wash the cutting machine(s) or cut out a hole in 6-inch thick concrete masonry, there are things you, as a professional concrete cutter, can and can not take lightly. 

For starters, unpredictable slips and falls are hazards you can’t leave to chance. You need to make sure you’re fully equipped with safety equipment (PPE) as well as the knowledge of all possible things that could go wrong with concrete cutting in Sydney

Thankfully, we’re here to help you with just that. Here are the top 11 hazards concrete cutters in Penrith and Sydney face while on the job. As an extra cherry on top of the icing, we’d be giving free advice on how to work your way around these hazards should they happen.

  1. Silica dust exposure

It’s reported that about 250 construction workers die a year due to exposure to silica dust, with some deaths caused by a faulty PPE or failure to properly put them on. This lung killer invades your breathing zone during a cutting job due to friction and abrasion between the machine and the masonry.

You need to make sure you don’t get caught unawares. The usual remedy to this is to make sure you’re entirely on your PPE when on the job. However, you might want to check the integrity of your PPE on your next appointment. That’s where the problem typically comes from. 

  1. Noise pollution 

Noise is another health hazard most concrete cutters leave to chance. One might see it as a minor thing. Still, many workers (around 17% of under 45 concrete cutters) have gone deaf during their experience as concrete cutters. The proper remedy to this is to make sure you’re entirely on your earmuffs before going in for a job. Also, ensure no damages on the padding, so your ears get 100% protection while on the job.

  1. Blade fracture

Blade fracture is another unexpected emergency most concrete cutters don’t see coming. Unfortunately, a blade fracture can be fatal, especially when the machine is at 100% capacity. That’s why you must check your equipment for even the slightest damage before going in for a job. DO NOT take chances with damaged equipment. Even if they seem usable. 

  1. Slips

While unlikely to happen, your cutting machine CAN slip your grasp. There are many reasons why this happens. Lack of concentration while on the job is one primary culprit to this hazard. Another good one is not bringing your A-game to the construction site. When going on concrete cutting in Penrith, you need to ensure you’re okay and ready for the job. Failure to do so may cost you a body part (literally). Other reasons could be due to excessive vibration from faulty equipment. 

  1. Collapsing walls and slabs

Although damage assessments are necessary for construction companies, some cut corners and put the lives of professional concrete cutters in Sydney in danger. If possible, you may need to do your own damage assessment before the D-day just so you don’t run into infamous surprises while on the job. 

  1. Electrocution

Electrocution can happen on the job. Since you’re going to work with long power cables, there’s a high chance that they get tangled or, even worse, damaged! Exposure to naked high-voltage wire could leave you vulnerable to being electrocuted. Also, the cooling water ups the risks of electrocution. To prevent this, take care not to damage your cables on the job and keep them out of the way. 

  1. Vibration

Long-term exposure to vibrating machine parts can cause nerve, joint and circulatory damage. A quick fix to this is to take mandatory breaks at regular intervals. If you’re going for a 5-hour concrete cutting job, take breaks after every hour or so to balance out the vibration effect on your body. A better alternative would be to get an assistant or apprentice to help you with your work.

  1. Slippery surfaces

Avoid working on slippery surfaces, so you don’t risk toppling off your footing. 

  1. Blunt cutting edges

The situation is usually caused by a saw blade having the wrong diamond cutting bond. There is a delay in the cutting process, which may lead to the diamond surface getting blunt. To correct this hazard, some additional force is applied to reduce the probability of push-back or pull-in. 

  1. Uneven surfaces

There’s always a risk of professional tripping and falling off his own feet. With uneven surfaces dominating your workspace, the stakes just get higher. On your next concrete cutting job, you need to make sure you check out the smoothness of your work area. As unimportant as this may sound, there’s no telling when the next slip might happen. Make sure it doesn’t.

  1. Working alone

Yes! This is a hazard to look out for. No matter how good of a concrete cutter you are, you should never be tempted to go in alone. Get an assistant or an apprentice to help you out with minor tasks. They’d help make your periodic breaks much easier. Also, having an extra pair of hands is vital if things go south. 

There you have it! 11 occupational hazards you’re likely to face during concrete cutting in Sydney. Beat the odds and become the best concrete cutter by avoiding these hazards on a good day at work.

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