There have been several recent incidents involving concrete pumping equipment.
Most recently a male, 24, was struck and seriously injured while cleaning out the concrete pumping equipment used in a concrete pour on a rural property in northeast Victoria. He later died in hospital.
WorkSafe expects that when cleaning out concrete pumping equipment the following safety precautions are followed:
- the end-hose to be secure or removed before cleaning to prevent the hose whipping around
- the discharge end of the pipeline to be fitted with a cage to safely catch the cleaning device but at the same time, allow the concrete to flow
- all workers are to be kept clear of the discharge end while the concrete is under pressure.
- no-one attempts to dismantle the pipeline while it is still under pressure under any circumstance.
See WorkSafe’s Concrete Pumping Industry Standard (2004).