Risk Assessment : Installation of Gabion Baskets

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Trips and falls
Initial Risk

Severity
Major

Probability
Probable

Rating
Medium
Who might be harmed?

  • Workers
  • Supervisors
  • Visitors
  • Contractors
  • Public

Type of harm

  • Fractures
  • Head injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Back injuries
  • Cuts and lacerations

Controls

  • Maintain a clean and well-organized work area.
  • Use stable and level ground for basket assembly and installation.
  • Provide and enforce the use of appropriate personal protective equipment, such as safety boots and high-visibility vests.
  • Use barricades and warning signs to mark any potential tripping hazards.
  • Implement a regular inspection and maintenance program for tools and equipment to ensure their safety and proper functioning.
  • Provide adequate lighting to ensure clear visibility of the work area.

Residual Risk

Severity
Minor

Probability
Improbable

Rating
Low
Manual handling injuries
Initial Risk

Severity
Severe

Probability
Frequent

Rating
High
Who might be harmed?

  • Construction workers involved in the installation of gabion baskets
  • Site supervisors and managers overseeing the gabion basket installation process
  • Delivery personnel responsible for transporting and unloading the gabion baskets
  • Maintenance workers who may be required to handle or repair gabion baskets in the future
  • Visitors or members of the public who may come into contact with the gabion basket installation area

Type of harm

  • Back injuries
  • Strains and sprains
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
  • Hernias
  • Fractures

Controls

  • Provide manual handling training to all workers.
  • Use mechanical aids, such as cranes or forklifts, to lift and move heavy gabion baskets.
  • Ensure that workers use proper lifting techniques, including bending at the knees and keeping the back straight.
  • Conduct regular risk assessments to identify and address potential hazards related to manual handling.
  • Provide adequate rest breaks to prevent overexertion and fatigue.
  • Implement a buddy system or team lifting approach for heavier gabion baskets.

Residual Risk

Severity
Minor

Probability
Improbable

Rating
Low
Struck by falling objects
Initial Risk

Severity
Severe

Probability
Frequent

Rating
High
Who might be harmed?

  • Construction workers
  • Site visitors
  • Maintenance personnel
  • Delivery drivers
  • Nearby pedestrians

Type of harm

  • Head injury
  • Fractures
  • Contusions
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Traumatic brain injury

Controls

  • Use barrier systems (e.g., fencing) to prevent uncontrolled access to the work area.
  • Implement overhead protection (e.g., scaffolding, netting) to catch or deflect falling objects.
  • Ensure proper storage and stacking of materials to prevent them from falling.
  • Conduct regular inspections of the work area to identify and remove any potential hazards.
  • Require personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hard hats to be worn at all times.
  • Provide adequate and ongoing training to workers on the risks associated with falling objects and how to properly mitigate them.

Residual Risk

Severity
Minor

Probability
Improbable

Rating
Low
Musculoskeletal disorders
Initial Risk

Severity
Catastrophic

Probability
Frequent

Rating
High
Who might be harmed?

  • Installation workers
  • Maintenance workers
  • Contractors and subcontractors
  • Site supervisors and managers
  • Visitors to the site

Type of harm

  • Back strain
  • Tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Herniated disc

Controls

  • Provide manual handling training to workers.
  • Use mechanical aids (e.g., trolleys, hoists) to assist with lifting and moving heavy objects.
  • Ensure that workers have access to suitable ergonomic tools and equipment.
  • Implement regular rest breaks to alleviate fatigue and muscle strain.
  • Encourage proper body mechanics and lifting techniques.
  • Conduct regular risk assessments to identify and address ergonomic hazards.

Residual Risk

Severity
Minor

Probability
Improbable

Rating
Low
Hand injuries
Initial Risk

Severity
Major

Probability
Occasional

Rating
Medium
Who might be harmed?

  • Workers directly involved in the installation of gabion baskets.
  • Construction site visitors or inspectors who may come into contact with the gabion baskets or work in close proximity to the installation area.
  • Maintenance or repair personnel who may need to handle or interact with the gabion baskets at a later stage.
  • Delivery personnel responsible for transporting the gabion baskets to the installation site.
  • Bystanders or members of the public who may accidentally come into contact with the gabion baskets or installation equipment.

Type of harm

  • Lacerations
  • Crush injuries
  • Fractures
  • Amputations
  • Tendon or nerve damage

Controls

  • Provide suitable hand protection such as gloves.
  • Ensure proper training and education on safe handling techniques.
  • Encourage regular breaks to prevent fatigue and maintain focus.
  • Maintain a clean and organized work area to minimize the risk of hand injuries.
  • Use appropriate tools and equipment with safety features to reduce hand injury hazards.
  • Implement a thorough inspection and maintenance program for tools and equipment to ensure they are in safe working condition.

Residual Risk

Severity
Minor

Probability
Improbable

Rating
Low
Crush injuries
Initial Risk

Severity
Severe

Probability
Frequent

Rating
High
Who might be harmed?

  • Workers involved in the installation of gabion baskets
  • Construction workers or laborers in the vicinity of the installation site
  • Visitors or members of the public near the installation area
  • Delivery personnel responsible for transporting gabion baskets or related materials
  • Maintenance or repair personnel working on or around gabion structures

Type of harm

  • Fractures
  • Traumatic amputations
  • Crush syndrome
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Compartment syndrome

Controls

  • Ensure proper training on safe work practices and procedures for handling and installing gabion baskets.
  • Provide and enforce the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety boots, gloves, and high visibility vests.
  • Conduct regular inspections and maintenance of machinery and equipment used in the installation process to ensure they are in safe working condition.
  • Implement safe work procedures for lifting and moving gabion baskets to prevent crush injuries, including the use of mechanical lifting aids when necessary.
  • Establish clear exclusion zones around areas where gabion baskets are being installed to prevent workers from being near or underneath falling baskets or materials.
  • Promote open communication and a strong safety culture, encouraging workers to report any potential hazards or near-miss incidents related to crush injuries.

Residual Risk

Severity
Minor

Probability
Improbable

Rating
Low
Electrocution
Initial Risk

Severity
Catastrophic

Probability
Frequent

Rating
High
Who might be harmed?

  • Workers involved in the installation of gabion baskets
  • Electricians or maintenance personnel working in the vicinity of the installation area
  • Site visitors or passersby who come into contact with live electrical components
  • Contractors or subcontractors working on nearby projects in the same area
  • Individuals handling electrical equipment or tools during the installation process

Type of harm

  • Electric Shock
  • Burns
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Nerve Damage
  • Respiratory Failure

Controls

  • Conduct a thorough assessment of the work area to identify potential electrical hazards.
  • Ensure that all workers are properly trained on electrical safety procedures.
  • Use only properly insulated tools and equipment to minimize the risk of electrical shock.
  • Establish and adhere to a strict lockout/tagout procedure to prevent accidental energization of electrical systems.
  • Install ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to protect against electrical shocks.
  • Regularly inspect and maintain all electrical equipment to identify and address any potential hazards.

Residual Risk

Severity
Minor

Probability
Improbable

Rating
Low
Inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE)
Initial Risk

Severity
Severe

Probability
Occasional

Rating
Medium
Who might be harmed?

  • Workers
  • Supervisors and managers
  • Contractors and subcontractors
  • Visitors or bystanders in the vicinity of the work area
  • Maintenance and cleaning staff

Type of harm

  • Eye injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Skin burns or irritation
  • Hearing loss

Controls

  • Conduct a thorough assessment of the required PPE for gabion basket installation.
  • Provide appropriate PPE, such as safety helmets, protective gloves, safety boots, and high-visibility clothing.
  • Ensure that all workers are properly trained in the correct use and maintenance of PPE.
  • Regularly inspect and replace damaged or worn out PPE.
  • Implement a strict policy that mandates the use of necessary PPE at all times during the installation process.
  • Regularly monitor compliance with PPE requirements and provide ongoing training and reminders to reinforce the importance of PPE usage.

Residual Risk

Severity
Minor

Probability
Improbable

Rating
Low
Equipment malfunctions
Initial Risk

Severity
Severe

Probability
Frequent

Rating
High
Who might be harmed?

  • Workers
  • Supervisors
  • Maintenance personnel
  • Visitors or bystanders
  • Contractors

Type of harm

  • Crush injuries
  • Amputations
  • Fractures
  • Head injuries
  • Electrical burns

Controls

  • Regular maintenance and inspection of equipment
  • Providing appropriate training on equipment operation and maintenance
  • Implementing an effective equipment tagging system
  • Ensuring that only trained and authorized personnel operate the equipment
  • Keeping emergency stop buttons easily accessible and functional
  • Establishing clear procedures for reporting and addressing equipment malfunctions promptly.

Residual Risk

Severity
Minor

Probability
Improbable

Rating
Low
Hazardous materials and substances
Initial Risk

Severity
Severe

Probability
Frequent

Rating
High
Who might be harmed?

  • Workers
  • Contractors
  • Visitors
  • General public
  • Emergency responders

Type of harm

  • Respiratory diseases
  • Skin irritation or dermatitis
  • Chemical burns
  • Poisoning
  • Cancer

Controls

  • Conduct a thorough risk assessment to identify hazardous materials and substances present on the site.
  • Implement proper storage and handling procedures for hazardous materials, following relevant regulatory guidelines.
  • Provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to workers, including gloves, goggles, respiratory protection, and protective clothing.
  • Train workers on the safe handling and use of hazardous materials, including proper disposal methods.
  • Establish strict procedures for the identification, labeling, and storage of hazardous materials to minimize exposure risks.
  • Regularly monitor and test the air quality on the site to ensure that hazardous substances are not reaching harmful levels.

Residual Risk

Severity
Minor

Probability
Improbable

Rating
Low
Overexertion
Initial Risk

Severity
Severe

Probability
Frequent

Rating
High
Who might be harmed?

  • Workers involved in the manual installation and assembly of gabion baskets
  • Workers involved in the manual filling of gabion baskets with rocks or fill material
  • Workers operating machinery, such as excavators, for filling gabion baskets
  • Workers involved in the transportation and handling of heavy rocks or materials for the gabion baskets
  • Workers responsible for the overall project management and coordination of gabion basket installation

Type of harm

  • Muscle strains
  • Sprains
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat stroke
  • Cardiovascular problems

Controls

  • Provide adequate training on proper lifting techniques and ergonomics.
  • Implement regular rest breaks to prevent fatigue and overexertion.
  • Use mechanical aids (e.g., lifting equipment, trolleys) to reduce physical strain on workers.
  • Ensure that workers have access to suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, back support belts, etc.
  • Rotate tasks among workers to minimize prolonged periods of physical exertion.
  • Maintain a safe working environment with proper ventilation and temperature control to prevent heat stress.

Residual Risk

Severity
Minor

Probability
Improbable

Rating
Low
Working at heights
Initial Risk

Severity
Major

Probability
Frequent

Rating
Medium
Who might be harmed?

  • Workers
  • Contractors and subcontractors
  • Visitors and members of the public
  • Supervisors and managers
  • Maintenance and inspection personnel

Type of harm

  • Fall from height
  • Head injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Fractures
  • Internal injuries

Controls

  • Use proper fall protection equipment, such as harnesses, lanyards, and anchor points.
  • Provide adequate training and supervision on working at heights.
  • Implement barriers or guardrails to prevent falls.
  • Conduct regular inspections and maintenance of equipment and working platforms.
  • Develop and follow a safe system of work for working at heights.
  • Ensure workers are competent and authorized to carry out work at heights.

Residual Risk

Severity
Minor

Probability
Improbable

Rating
Low
Inadequate training and supervision
Initial Risk

Severity
Catastrophic

Probability
Frequent

Rating
High
Who might be harmed?

  • Workers directly involved in the installation of gabion baskets.
  • Other workers in the vicinity of the installation area.
  • Contractors or subcontractors working on the same site.
  • Visitors or members of the public near the installation area.
  • Maintenance or cleaning staff who may come into contact with the installed gabion baskets.

Type of harm

  • Musculoskeletal disorders (e.g., sprains, strains)
  • Falls from height
  • Crush injuries
  • Electric shock
  • Struck by moving objects

Controls

  • Ensure that all workers receive comprehensive training on the safe installation of gabion baskets.
  • Implement a structured supervision system to monitor and guide workers during installation activities.
  • Conduct regular safety inspections and audits to identify any gaps in training or supervision.
  • Develop clear and detailed work instructions and procedures for all installation tasks.
  • Provide ongoing refresher training sessions to keep workers up to date with the latest safety protocols.
  • Assign experienced and knowledgeable supervisors to oversee the installation process and provide guidance and support to workers.

Residual Risk

Severity
Minor

Probability
Improbable

Rating
Low
Environmental hazards (e.g., extreme weather conditions)
Initial Risk

Severity
Major

Probability
Probable

Rating
Medium
Who might be harmed?

  • Workers on site
  • Visitors or members of the public in the vicinity of the site
  • Delivery personnel
  • Maintenance and repair crews
  • Emergency response teams

Type of harm

  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat stroke
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite
  • Dehydration

Controls

  • Monitor weather conditions regularly and stay informed about potential extreme weather events.
  • Establish designated shelters or safe areas for workers to seek refuge during extreme weather conditions.
  • Provide appropriate protective clothing and equipment to safeguard workers from adverse weather conditions.
  • Train workers on recognizing and responding to signs of weather-related dangers, and establish clear communication channels for updates and instructions.
  • Develop and implement an emergency response plan specific to extreme weather conditions, including evacuation procedures if necessary.
  • Conduct regular safety inspections and audits to identify and address potential hazards related to extreme weather conditions.

Residual Risk

Severity
Minor

Probability
Improbable

Rating
Low
Noise exposure
Initial Risk

Severity
Severe

Probability
Probable

Rating
Medium
Who might be harmed?

  • Workers involved in the installation of gabion baskets
  • Other workers or construction personnel in the vicinity of the installation area
  • Supervisors or managers overseeing the installation process
  • Visitors or passersby in the area where the installation is taking place
  • Nearby residents or occupants of neighboring buildings

Type of harm

  • Hearing loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Acoustic trauma
  • Hyperacusis
  • Noise-induced stress

Controls

  • Implement engineering controls to reduce noise levels, such as using noise barriers or enclosures.
  • Provide workers with appropriate hearing protection, such as earplugs or earmuffs.
  • Conduct regular noise assessments to identify high noise areas and implement control measures accordingly.
  • Rotate workers to minimize their time in high noise areas.
  • Implement administrative controls, such as scheduling breaks in quieter areas, to reduce overall noise exposure.
  • Provide training to workers on the risks of noise exposure and how to properly use hearing protection.

Residual Risk

Severity
Minor

Probability
Improbable

Rating
Low

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