There is a universal rule in any and all construction e […]
There is a universal rule in any and all construction equipment safety. It applies to a concrete pump, whether a line pump or aerial boom pump, it applies to wheel barrows and laser levels, it applies to every machine or tool that can be hazardous on a jobsite. It is called training in correct operation.
In the U.S., the Dept. of Labor has a branch called OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and they have two specific programs to make construction safer, the ‘’competent persons program’’, and the Operator Certification Program.
To operate many construction machines or equipment, you need an operator who has been certified to operate the equipment, and a competent person to oversee the equipment use. Allowing anyone to operate any piece of dangerous equipment without proper training and oversight is an invitation for disaster, and concrete pumps, whether line pumps or aerial boom pumps are dangerous equipment.
The next issue to address to assure safe operation, and directly related to training, since equipment inspection is a required skill for an operator, is maintenance. Concrete pumps push concrete through hoses or pipes under high pressure, and those hoses and pipes, along with couplings, must be in good condition… in fact, the whole machine must be in good condition to minimize the possibility of an accident caused by an equipment failure.