A. Overview of the importance of cutting concrete
Concrete is one of the strongest and most popular construction material in the world. Concrete structures are known to last for decades due to their resistance to weather and climate damage. There are various forms of concrete; the applications vary depending on suitability and one’s choice.
In-situ cast concrete structures are very popular; they involve pouring concrete into pre-established forms and letting it settle. Once concrete settles and solidifies, it becomes impossible to change the shape or form it has taken. Concrete cutting is a way of adjusting the shape of settle cast concrete by removing the unwanted parts. Various tools are used for concrete cutting; including saws and non-saw techniques which are further discussed in this article.
B. Common applications for cutting concrete
Cutting concrete is done for various reasons. The most common applications are in demolition and quality control practices. Concrete cutting, also known as line cutting or core boring,
Regular core boring is used for quality assessment of concrete structures, including concrete paved roads. The cut geometry is taken to laboratories where structural tests are conducted for approval of works.
Demolition in congested areas require procedural removal of concrete pieces to avoid accidents and pollution. Such processes require concrete elements such as slabs to be cut into small movable parts for disposal.
Other concrete cutting applications include MEP installation in constructed concrete buildings.
C. Safety precautions before starting the cutting process
Concrete cutting is one of the risky procedures in the construction industry. It is therefore important that certain safety measures be observed before starting the process. Workers must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), these include safety goggles, ear muffs, and masks to protect them from dust and debris.
Thorough site inspection ensures identification of potential hazards, such as buried utilities, and allows for proper planning. Ensuring operators have the right skills and knowledge to use equipment prevents accidents and low-quality work.