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Proper training ensures safety for workers on the job.

Masonry workers who use scaffolds, ladders, manlifts, and hand and power tools can be exposed to hazards such as:

  • falling and flying debris
  • falls from heights
  • hearing loss
  • moving and rotating parts
  • overhead electrical lines

But did you know that they can also be exposed to silica dust while cutting stone, brick or concrete which can lead to breathing problems or death.
To help prevent hazards like these an employer can:

  • Conduct a hazard assessment for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Develop and implement a hearing protection program
  • Develop and implement a Respiratory Protection Program
  • Develop and implement an Accident Prevention Program
  • Provide training to employees by a qualified person for scaffold and fall protection safety
  • Use alternative methods to control dust exposure (e.g., wet saw)

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