Controlling the risks of concrete pumping
There are important steps you must take to control the risks of concrete pumping.
Regular maintenance should be performed to prevent the structural or mechanical failure of the concrete placing boom, according to manufacturer's instructions.
Guidance on inspections is provided by the AS 2550.15 Cranes - Safe use - Concrete placing equipment (non-Queensland Government link).
Inspections should check:
- all functions and their controls for speed, smoothness of operation and the limits of motion
- all emergency and safety devices
- lubrication of all moving parts, filter elements, hydraulic oil and coolant
- structural components and other critical components
- correct erection and dismantling procedures.
- Gauges fitted to concrete pumps should be accurate and of a size and style that are easy to read.
- Instruments should be visually checked and tested and recorded in log book.
More detailed information on the risks of failure of concrete pumping equipment is provided in section 4 of the Concrete Pumping Code of Practice 2005.