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Laying paving slabs and kerbs

Laying paving slabs and kerbs

Laying paving slabs and kerbs may present risks to staff, especially through manual handling. Left unmanaged, these could cause accidents, injuries and potentially put you on the wrong side of the law. 

Managing the risks

To help you identify the hazards associated with laying slabs and kerbs and the appropriate ways of controlling them, use our example Risk Assessment - Laying Paving Slabs and Kerbs. It covers the generic hazards associated with this type of activity and suggests control measures to reduce risks to an acceptable level.

You should ensure that your document only addresses “significant” hazards, i.e. any that could, and more importantly are likely to, cause an accident or injury.

Make your instructions clear

Don’t include activities in your document that simply don’t need to be there. Work to the principle that if there is any chance of your staff being unaware of the safe way of doing something, then you will need to make it clear in your document. Finally, always ensure that any control measures you identify and follow only go so far “as is reasonably practicable”.

Note. The list of potential hazards is not exhaustive. However, for your risk assessment to be considered suitable and sufficient in the eyes of the law it must accurately reflect the “significant” hazards found when your staff handle and lay paving slabs and kerbs. 


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