Safety training and supervision
The following items of PPE are likely to be required when pumping concrete:
- safety helmets
- eye protection
- hearing protection
- reflective safety vest
- safety boots
- rubber boots
- waterproof clothing.
PPE is the least effective method for controlling risks, however in many circumstances related to concrete pumping it provides the most practical option.
Each pump unit should be equipped with the following items:
- first aid kit (must include eye wash)
- protective creams
- fire extinguishers (as appropriate)
- sufficient reflective traffic cones (minimum 450 mm high)
- signs (e.g. exclusion zone)
- high visibility vests.
For more detailed information on safety equipment, check Section 6.1 and 6.2 of the Concrete Pumping Code of Practice 2005.
Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (PDF, 1.42 MB), employers and business owners must provide information, instruction, training and supervision to workers and others at a workplace to ensure that work is performed in a safe manner and without risk to health. Information, training, and instruction should cover at least:
- the work methods to be used in the setting up and safe operation of concrete placement booms and pumps
- the method for inspection and maintenance of concrete pumping equipment
- knowledge of the manufacturer's operation and service manuals
- the correct use, care and storage of personal protective equipment
- the correct use, care and storage of tools and equipment to be used, including electrical safety practices
- procedures to be adopted in the event of accident or injury.
- ensure that only those workers who have received training and instruction are authorised to carry out that work
- monitor the work sufficiently to make sure that safe work practices are being carried out, including the use of all protection systems and personal protection equipment.
For more detailed information on training and supervision, check Section 7 of the Concrete Pumping Code of Practice 2005.