Concrete slab pouring can be a messy job and if you do not do this well, the integrity of your construction project may be compromised. Aside from compromising your construction project, you may also put yourself in harm's way if you do not know how to pour concrete slabs correctly. Note that this type of material dries up quickly so you need to be very careful when handling it to avoid accidents. Moreover, wrongly poured concrete slabs can result to a lot of wastage so you end up spending more money on your construction project than you normally should. As it is, you need to do this job right to protect yourself from a lot of problems. To help you to the job well, here are some safety tips for you.
1. Wear the Right Clothes and Gear
You need to wear the right working clothes and protective gear when working with concrete materials. As much as possible, wear long pants, long sleeve tops, shoes, working gloves, face mask and protective eyewear when working with concrete slabs. The protective eyewear and face mask are essential when you pour powdered concrete into your concrete mixer. Remember that powdered concrete can produce a lot of dust that can irritate your lungs and eyes so make sure that you have your goggles and mask on.
While mixing and pouring concrete slabs, do not let the concrete come in direct contact with your skin as it may cause irritations. If some concrete spills onto your skin, wash it away immediately using clean water. Do not let the concrete dry up on your skin to avoid caking problems and skin irritations.
If you need to shovel the concrete in, make sure that you use the appropriate tool and don’t forget to wear your working gloves. Note that the friction caused by the shovel on your hands as you work can cause blisters on your palms so wear your gloves.
2. Spend Time to Prepare Your Site
The strength of your concrete slab will depend largely on the ground where you pour it and on the reinforcement materials you use. To achieve good results, you need to drain the soil where you want to pour your slab by scraping off the top soil and exposing the soil to sunlight for at least a day. You may also use a ground compactor to compact the ground and create a strong base for your concrete.
After preparing the ground, you may now work on your rebar or steel mesh screen reinforcement. To create rebar reinforcement, arrange some sections of rebar on the ground you prepared. If you want to use steel mesh screen to reinforce your concrete slabs, simply cover the ground with sections of mesh screen.
3. Mind the Weather
High temperatures can cause your concrete slab to dry up very fast. To save yourself from the back breaking work of shoveling concrete in record time, you should divide your concrete work in sections and work through these sections methodically. Prepare only enough concrete for the number of sections that you can cover in just a few minutes.