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Concrete & Masonry Construction: New Product Announcement!

July 21, 2020

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Concrete has been used in construction dating back to ancient times. In fact, some structures made from Roman concrete are still standing today. Heard of them?


In the modern world, we use concrete and masonry in constructing buildings, bridges, dams, and roads. Don’t mistake the versatility of these building materials for being safe, though. There are many different hazards you face when working with concrete and masonry.

What kind of hazards are employees exposed to?

Working around concrete and masonry poses two major hazards: silica dust exposure and wet cement exposure. Prolonged overexposure to silica dust can cause permanent lung damage. Unlike with silica dust, exposure to wet cement has more an immediate effect on the skin. Because of its caustic properties, victims can suffer from cement burns and even develop a skin condition called dermatitis.

What does this training cover?

The Concrete and Masonry Construction training follows 29 CFR 1926 Subpart Q. It covers a wide variety of safe operations, including:

  • Cement Handling
  • Concrete Placement
  • Shoring and Reshoring
  • Formwork
  • Pre-stressed and Precast Concrete
  • Lift Slab Operations
  • Masonry Construction

It also includes a discussion on some basic equipment and common hazards. By the end of the training, employees should be able to identify and avoid hazards on their worksite.

Who needs to be trained on Concrete and Masonry Construction?

All employees who are involved in concrete and masonry construction must receive training prior to beginning work. Additionally, employees should receive refresher training at least every three years. The goal is to make sure they understand and follow updated safe operating procedures. Note that initial training and refresher training as well as written and practical evaluations should be documented and filed away.

It’s Time to Get Trained!

The Safety Provisions staff is excited to add our new Concrete and Masonry training to the Hard Hat Training Series. If you’re interested in this training, please reach out to learn more.

Finally, if you don’t think this is very dangerous, come visit us again on Friday to read about a concrete and masonry accident in the news.

Good luck and stay safe!

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