How Professionals Deal with Some Health and Safety Hazards Associated with Concrete Coring

Posted on: 14 May 2019

Whether you need to drill holes for the installation of electrical and plumbing lines or to remove a section of concrete material for testing, concrete core drilling, also known simply as concrete coring, is an absolutely necessary process for a concrete structure. 

One of the key reasons to hire a core drilling specialist is because specialised training, proper tools and the right amount of experience are required to do the job effectively. Plus, concrete coring is inherently dangerous, so you need to seek out people who are aware of the hazards associated with the job.

Here is a look at some of the common hazards that professionals watch out for during concrete coring jobs. 

Concrete Dust

One of the major safety hazards linked to concrete coring is the dust produced during the job. Concrete dust is known to contain a compound called silica. The compound is harmful when inhaled and can cause a lung disease called silicosis. People suffering from this disease often experience breathing difficulty along with symptoms, such as fever and chest pain.

To prevent inhalation of the silica-containing dust, core drilling professionals provide their workers with respiratory protection. Not just any type of respiratory protection will do — concreting workers must wear respirators recommended for use in environments where the risk of inhaling concrete dust is significant.

Projectiles

Drilling holes in hardened concrete may send small chips of concrete flying in all directions. While some core drilling equipment is designed to prevent projectiles from flying directly towards operators and other workers, steps must be taken to keep everyone safe.

Core drilling workers should wear full-length aprons to protect their skin, safety goggles or glasses to protect their eyes, hard hats for head protection and safety boots to protect their feet from potential injury by the flying chips of concrete material.

Injury with Core Drilling Equipment 

The moving parts of core drilling equipment can also cause injury during concrete coring jobs. Because they are trained and experienced in operating the equipment, professional core drilling workers know how to safely use the equipment so that they do not cause injury to themselves and others at the workplace.

As concrete core drilling is a dangerous job, it is best to leave it to the local professionals like those at Robert Guy & Sons Pty Ltd. They will know what needs to be done to perform your job safely and effectively. When it comes to your safety and those of others, don't take any chances — hire the pros!

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