If you’re in construction, you know that formwork is the temporary structure that supports a building while it’s being constructed. It’s a crucial part of the building process, but it can also be incredibly dangerous if not done correctly.
So let’s talk about some of the dangers associated with formwork. First of all, if the formwork is not designed or installed correctly, it can collapse, causing serious injury or death. This can happen if the formwork is not strong enough to support the weight of the concrete, or if it’s not properly braced.
Another danger is electrocution. If the formwork comes into contact with electrical wires or other sources of electricity, it can be incredibly dangerous. This can happen if the formwork is too close to power lines, or if workers are not aware of the location of electrical wires.
One more danger is falls. Workers can fall from formwork if they’re not properly secured, or if the formwork is not stable. This can happen if workers are not wearing the proper safety equipment, or if the formwork is not properly anchored.
Now that we’ve talked about some of the dangers associated with formwork, let’s talk about some safety recommendations. First of all, make sure that the formwork is designed by a qualified engineer who has experience with formwork. This will ensure that the formwork is strong enough to support the weight of the concrete, and that it’s properly braced.
Secondly, make sure that the formwork is installed correctly. This means that it should be level, plumb, and square, and that it’s properly anchored. If the formwork is not installed correctly, it can collapse or shift, which can be incredibly dangerous.
Thirdly, make sure that workers are properly trained on how to use the formwork. This means that they should be trained on how to properly secure themselves, how to properly brace the formwork, and how to recognise signs of instability.
Lastly, make sure that workers are wearing the proper safety equipment. This includes hard hats, safety glasses, and steel-toed boots. Workers should also be properly secured to the formwork, either by using a harness or by using a safety net.
Now, I know that all of this might seem like a hassle. It might seem like it’s slowing down the building process, and it might seem like it’s adding unnecessary costs. But let me tell you something: the cost of a formwork collapse or a serious injury is far greater than the cost of doing things right in the first place.
So let’s do things right. Let’s make sure that our formwork is designed and installed correctly, that our workers are properly trained and equipped, and that we’re taking all the necessary precautions to keep everybody safe.
At the end of the day, it’s not about cutting corners or saving a few bucks. It’s about making sure that everybody goes home safe and sound. And that’s something that we can all get behind.