Health and safety issues are paramount in ensuring a safe working environment and good working conditions for the construction team.

Two pieces of legislation are relevant to the manual handling of blocks:

  • Manual handling. Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) places duties on employers to carry out a risk assessment on manual handling tasks

  • The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, imposes mandatory health and safety requirements on clients, designers and contractors.

    Guidance on the manual handling of concrete blocks is given in Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Construction Sheet 37 ‘Handling building blocks’. This can be used to assess manual handling risks and advises that there is a higher risk of injury in single-person repetitive lifting of units heavier than 20kg. It is recommended that units heavier than 20kg, if handled repetitively, should be handled mechanically or by 2-man teams.

For more information please read our Sitework Guide

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