This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to safely and effectively use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment. It includes understanding the functional features and applying the operational requirements of tools and equipment.
The unit is suitable for people with basic skills and knowledge who undertake routine bricklaying and blocklaying tasks under the direction of more experienced workers on new or existing structures.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


CPCCWHS2001 - Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry


Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: *conduct a pre-operation check on equipment *set up and safely use the following tools and equipment: - wheelbarrow - hand brick grab to load the job - cement mixer to mix consistent mortar for the project - wet cut brick saw to cut bricks and blocks accurately to varying sizes and shapes - hand and power assisted tools and equipment appropriate for the project *use hand tools to achieve three different joint finishes *wear appropriate personal protective equipment: - hearing protection - mask or appropriate respirator for the cutting task/s. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: *terminology relating to bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment *basic construction terminology *features and purpose of plans and specifications *manufacturer's specifications and instructions for tools and equipment: - safety requirements during operation - location and purpose of parts - uses and limitations - cleanliness and maintenance - troubleshooting problems *functional and operational features of plant, equipment and hand and power tools: - wheel barrow - spirit, pocket and water level - automatic and laser level - trowels and jointing tools - corner blocks and string lines - tingle plate - profiles and straight edges - bolster chisels - mash hammer/lump hammer - builder square and sliding bevels - power drills - battery operated tools - pallet trolleys - materials hoist - brick buggies - elevators - small petrol or diesel engines, compressors or mixers - forklifts *the characteristics and application of specified materials for bricklaying and blocklaying *processes and techniques for: - manual handling - mechanical handling *workplace safety: - job safety and environmental analysis (JSEA) - electrical safety - noise reduction - dust suppression - working at heights - exposure to silica - exposure to loud noise *environmental requirements relating to workplace processes and waste disposal.

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