Safe concrete cutting and drilling industry standard

Understanding the industry standards for workers to safely cut and drill concrete.


What it contains

This document outlines the industry standards to use specialised equipment to safely cut concrete and drill. It advises workplaces how to control injury risks for workers when cutting or drilling concrete in construction, The guide explains:

  • which occupational health and safety duties apply to construction work
  • specific hazards in concrete cutting and drilling, including inverted cutting, dust and gases, vibration, hazardous manual handling, working at heights, electricity damage to structures and services, losing vacuum pressure, working alone and getting caught in equipment
  • how to work safely, including sawing techniques such as hand-held sawing, cutting slabs, road sawing suspended slabs and wall and wire sawing