As of 1 March 2018, ABN Group Builders will no longer allow the use of hand-held concrete powercutters (quickcut or general purpose powercutters) on their sites in wall chasing applications.
These saws are designed for concrete cutting and have a number of associated hazards when used for wall chasing. This includes CO emissions and manual handling issues amongst others.
We fully support this decision and congratulate ABN Group for taking leadership on this important safety issue. They are the first major builder to do so and we believe others will follow. This important change will make the industry safer for all concerned.
We would like to remind our clients that the equipment we use is not included in this ban as it is purpose-designed for wall chasing applications. Our equipment along with comprehensive operator training is designed to address all of the key hazards associated with this activity.