Working with concrete is an everyday occurrence for tens of thousands of U.S. concrete workers and residential do-it-yourselfers. Few people involved in mixing, handling and finishing concrete experience serious injury.
However, anyone handling concrete for a major project or just a home patio, sidewalk, or driveway, should understand and practice a number of basic safety tips concerning protection, prevention, and common sense precautions. The tips that follow concern protecting your head, back, skin, and eyes.
PROTECT YOUR HEAD
Wear a hard hat for head protection!
Working on a construction site presents a variety of items to avoid that can cause serious head injury. Both construction equipment and tools are frequent potential hazards to concrete contractors and do-it-yourselfers.
PROTECT YOUR BACK
Be careful how you move heavy materials
Working with the normal materials that are required to make and pour concrete such as portland cement, aggregate, sand, and water can be very strenuous to the average person's back. Most of these materials are heavy even in small quantities.
Take care to lift properly
Keep your back straight and your legs bent to avoid serious back strain
When necessary, carry these materials properly
Keep them waist high and centered between your legs to lessen the chance for injury
Ask a co-worker or a neighbor for help
Use mechanical or manual equipment
Move materials as close to its final placement area with the help of equipment whenever possible. Use a cement mixer's chute, a concrete pump, or just a wheelbarrow to get the concrete placed.
Do not lift the concrete mix
Push the concrete to its final position with a shovel or similar tool.
PROTECT YOUR SKIN
Watch for skin irritation and chemical burns when working with fresh concrete
Severe burns can result with on-going contact between fresh concrete and skin surfaces, eyes, and clothing.
Wear protective clothing
Waterproof gloves, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants keep the concrete from making contact with your skin.
Wear rubber boots
If you must stand in the fresh concrete while it is being placed, screeded, or floated, wear boots to prevent concrete from making contact with your lower legs, ankles and feet.
Use waterproof pads
protect your skin, knees, elbows, or hands from contact with fresh concrete during finishing.
Avoid direct skin contact
Sand and aggregate are very abrasive to your skin so direct contact should be avoided; Wet cement is basic and as such, is injurious to your skin. Do NOT handle portland cement directly as it will draw moisture from your skin.
Wear clean, dry clothes
Clean, dry, clothing is a must for each work day. Protective clothing stays dry so it does not transfer the alkaline or hygroscopic effects to the skin.Rinse clothing saturated from contact with fresh concrete quickly with fresh water.
Wash away potential hazards
Take a bath or shower at the end of the work day or the conclusion of your do-it-yourself project.
Flush eyes and skin; Seek medical help
Immediately flush eyes and skin that come in contact with fresh concrete with clean water.if minor burns persist, get treated by a physician. Seek immediate medical help if burns affect a large area of your skin or appear to be deep.
PROTECT YOUR EYES
Wear proper eye protection
Splattering concrete and blowing dust can easily enter your eyes during a concrete placement. Full cover goggles or safety glasses with side shields may be necessary depending on the conditions at your project.
Nothing Contained In This Web Site Is Intended To Be For Professional Safety Advice, Medical Diagnosis, Or Treatment. The information contained in the safety tips on this web site page are not intended, or implied to be a substitute for, professional safety or medical advice.
Always seek the advice of a safety professional prior to initiating construction activities where physical danger may be involved. dee Concrete Accessories Company II does not directly or indirectly provide professional safety advice. dee Concrete Accessories Company II does not assume any liability whatsoever of any kind of damages or injuries that result from using the concrete safety tips contained on this web site page or for any treatment made in reliance thereon.