Risk Assessment for Bricklaying

Bricklaying carries a number of risks, the example below is an extract from our partner sites product “Risk Assessment for Bricklaying”

The main risks are from manual handling, this is more pronounced when heavy duty concrete blocks are used.

On most sites bricklayers are supported by hod carriers, apprentices, and Scaffolders, all these persons provide the bricklayers with materials and access

and they should all receive safety related training as a further method of reducing risks.


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Activity What is the Hazard? Harm:-Who or what? What are you already doing? Improvements That you need  
Manual HandlingInjuries All Site Operatives where regular lifting of brick/block or concrete lintels etc All loads are transported to work area/scaffold by telehandler/forklift Ensure that any heavy items such as lintels or precast/other items can be lifted by mechanical means.
Toolbox talks are held on a regular basis.
Use spot boards etc to ensure bricks/blocks are raised to an easier working height.
Slips and trips All Site Operatives Good housekeeping at all times.Proper foot ware worn to reduce slips.All Spills cleaned up including mortar. Ensure that waste materials are continually collected and disposed of.
Other Injuries:-Foot, Eyes, Skin All Site Operatives Safety boots with steel toecaps and mid-soles to be worn at all times.Safety Goggles to EN 166B must be worn when breaking/cutting bricks and blocks.Use of good washing facilities on site with hand creams supplied. Risk of dermatitis and burns to be subject of regular tool box talks.Make part of site induction.COSHH assessment and data to be available for toolbox talks
Dust/Silicosis All Site Operatives Use a block splitter instead of grinder.Also reduces noise. Toolbox talks