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Maintenance inspections

Inspections and preventative maintenance must be carried out on a regular basis to make sure that concrete pumps and booms are operating safely according to the manufacturer's recommendations and AS 2550.15 Cranes - Safe use - Concrete placing equipment (non-Queensland Government link).

Before starting work each day
Routine maintenance inspections
Annual inspections
Assessment for service

Before starting work each day

Routine maintenance inspections

The owner should establish:

Annual inspections

All concrete placing booms, pumps and related equipment are to be inspected once a year by an assessor, to confirm that the equipment is suitable for continued service, in accordance with the manufacturer¿s specifications, and AS 2550.15 Cranes - Safe use - Concrete placing equipment (non-Queensland Government link).

Assessment for service

All items of concrete placing equipment should undergo a major inspection to make sure the concrete placing equipment is in a safe working condition in accordance with AS 2550.15 Cranes - Safe use - Concrete placing equipment (non-Queensland Government link).

These inspections should include a strip down of all high stress areas, including the boom, slew ring and outriggers. 

The inspection should be conducted by a registered professional engineer, whose area of competence includes the type of work being undertaken. All inspections should be noted in the appropriate log book.

All concrete placing equipment should be assessed for service and continued use when six years from the date of manufacture has elapsed and at each six year period thereafter.

For important information on maintenance responsibilities check sections 5.3 to 5.6 of the Concrete Pumping Code of Practice 2005 (PDF, 516 kB).