Masonry wall safety during construction work
This guide was first published in 2009 by WorkCover NSW.
This revised edition, published September 2017, has been updated to reflect changes in NSW Work Health and Safety legislation (WHS legislation).
4. Assess the risk
A risk assessment considers the severity of any injury or illness that could occur and the likelihood or chance that someone will suffer an illness or injury. The risks associated with masonry wall construction are typically high due to the severity of the injuries that could occur.
Under the WHS Regulations, a risk assessment is not mandatory for construction work except for specific situations. However in many circumstances a risk assessment will assist in determining the control measures that should be implemented.
It will help to:
- identify which workers are at risk of exposure
- determine what factors are causing that risk
- identify if and what kind of control measures should be implemented
- check the effectiveness of existing control measures.
A risk assessment is not necessary if the risk and how to control it is already known.