WorkSafe WA is targeting businesses who conduct wall chasing work – the cutting of narrow grooves in walls for reasons such as laying electrical cable – to reduce ongoing non-compliance.
They are concerned with the use of petrol powered saws without local exhaust ventilation, which expose workers to toxic carbon monoxide.
There is also a high injury risk when workers cut above shoulder height, with kick back having potentially serious or fatal consequences.
Wall chasing may produce slurry, creating a risk of slip injuries or risk of silica dust exposure when dry.
Worksafe is calling for building designers, main contractors, employers and workers themselves to take necessary precautions to avoid injury.
► For further guidance about WorkSafe’s compliance work with wall chasing, or to arrange a free one-hour workplace walkthrough, contact CCI’s Safety and Risk Services team on (08) 9365 7415 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.