Health and safety

We place health and safety in all our operations as our first priority.

It is always important to ensure the safety of the people involved, no matter the size or location of the job.

We strongly recommend that you take the time to read our Concrete Health and Safety Datasheet and view our video.

What is the risk from contact with wet concrete?

Suitable clothing including impervious gloves, long sleeves, eye protection and boots should always be worn when handling concrete as wet concrete, mortar and screed are strong alkalis.

Contact with skin or the eyes may cause serious burns and ulceration or an acute allergic reaction in some people.

Wash immediately with plenty of water and seek urgent medical attention if concrete mix comes into contact with eyes.

What is the risk with equipment used to lay concrete?

If used incorrectly, all equipment can present a risk.

People may be under increased pressure to finish quickly as the ready mix concrete sets so it is always worth ensuring everyone understands the operating instructions before the job starts.

If the concrete mixer truck is fitted with a conveyor or a pump is used, provide an adequate ‘exclusion zone’ to prevent accidental injury.

What are the risks of slips, trips and lifting?

Wet concrete makes surfaces very slippery and it is also heavy so precaution should be taken when lifting.

If you need further information on laying concrete, see our Frequently Asked Questions, or feel free to contact us via our Contact us form.

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What preparation is required?
  • For concrete bases, floors and drives, the area should be dug out to twice the required depth of concrete (a minimum of 100mm or 4 inches is advisable, so you should dig the area out to 200mm or 8 inches depth), and the soil should be compacted.
  • A layer of hardcore 100mm deep should then be placed and compacted to give the concrete a solid base and prevent sinking.
  • A thin layer of sand on top of the hardcore will provide a smooth surface to work from and make calculation of the quantity required easier as it will help to prevent variations in the depth.
  • If you use a layer of polythene damp proof membrane between the hardcore and concrete, it will help to stop water being absorbed from the fresh concrete by the hardcore and problems with rising damp on your finished project.
  • Remember, to take into consideration insulation depths when laying concrete for an internal floor.
  • Ground conditions must be stable enough to take a heavy lorry. Paving slabs, domestic block paving, etc. will not accept the weight of a truck-mixer.
  • Brickwork, windows, tarmac, etc. should be protected against splashing.
  • View our video for Health & Safety advise when dealing with concrete.
What tools will I need to lay concrete?
  • Most people will already have the tools required to handle and place concrete, but check the list below to make sure you are fully prepared:

    Wheelbarrow - Essential if you need to transport the concrete around your job
    Shovel & Rake - For moving the concrete
    Spirit level - To ensure accuracy
    Tape measure - For calculation of quantity required
    Timber - To make pegs, formwork, and tamping beam
    String & pegs - For setting out the area to be concreted
    Trowel or float - For surface finishing
    Brush - For cleaning up afterwards

    Please be aware that concrete is both abrasive and alkaline, so protective clothing, gloves, boots, overalls and safety glasses etc should always be worn. Cement can burn sensitive skin.
How long can the truck be on site?
  • The truck is normally on site for 30 mins.  Any additional time will need to be prearranged with the sales team.

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