When working with ready mix concrete, there are various things to take into account in terms of the right preparation, tools and clothing you may require in order to carry out the work. Using ready mix can be a hazardous task, so be sure to follow our recommendations to ensure that you maintain a safe, correct process.
Preparation at your site
When preparing for the use of ready mix concrete, there are various things to take into account. You should ensure that there is somewhere for your concrete to be delivered to at your premises and somewhere for it to be situated before the project begins. Not only this, but you can expect the driver delivering the vehicle to wait on-site while they off-load the concrete, so ensuring there is enough space for the delivery vehicle is also important.
There are various tools which can and should be successfully used in order to carry out concreting work. No matter the type or scale of the project, here are some of the essentials for any concreting tasks:strings and pegs for marking out the area which will be filled with the concrete
- timber to make pegs and formwork
- a float or trowel for surface finishing
- a spirit level
- a wheelbarrow for moving concrete around the site
- a tape measure for measuring the site of your project and working out the amount of concrete you will need
- a brush for cleaning up any mess or dust after the concreting process is complete
It is vital that those working with ready mix concrete wear appropriate clothing to protect them from the potentially hazardous, damaging effects of working with this material.
The right clothing should be worn at all times, including:
- protective gloves
- sturdy footwear or Wellington boots
- overalls or thick clothing
- protective glasses or goggles to shield those working with the concrete’s eyes
- long trousers to protect legs
- knee pads or an impermeable mat are a must if you are unable to avoid kneeling in concrete, mortar or screed
Health and safety
There are a set of health and safety rulings for those working with concrete which should be adhered to in order to ensure the correct, safe usage of the material. Rules of health and safety could include any of the following:
- avoiding direct skin contact with concrete which can be damaging to skin’s surface
- avoiding inhalation of concrete dust which can be harmful to lungs and cause breathing difficulties in the long term
- avoiding kneeling or sitting on the wet material, since harmful contact can occur through saturated clothing
Here at EasyMix Concrete, we are proud to provide a wide range of high quality concrete solutions to customers throughout Greater London. Whatever the type or scale of your concreting project, we guarantee to get the job done for you in an efficient yet thorough manner, and at a great price. For more information on any of our products or services, simply get in touch with us today – our friendly team will be happy to help with any queries you may have.