The American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA) has released new and updated safety materials for concrete pumpers.
“Our new and updated safety resources demonstrate ACPA’s commitment to fostering and promoting a positive safety culture within the concrete pumping industry,” said Christi Collins, executive director, in a prepare statement. “The resources provide specific recommendations for new concrete pump operators and experienced operators alike. We are pleased to continue providing the most up-to-date information on safety for concrete pumpers.”
“Safety Procedures When Maintaining a Concrete Pump" covers basic hazards such as slip-and-fall, safety signals, burn hazards, and serious injury or death hazards. With detailed text and accompanying graphics, it includes sections on shop mechanics, safety signal definitions, rules for working with concrete boom pipelines, and scheduled maintenance.
Updated “Hose Whipping Safety Bulletin” has an expanded section on reducing hose whipping injuries, including steps to take when it’s impractical to move personnel away from the hose. The newly updated bulletin also outlines ways the pump operator can communicate with the pour supervisor on preventing injuries with the placing crew. Finally, the new bulletin explains how the pump operator can safely troubleshoot hose blockages that could potentially lead to hose whipping injuries.
New hand signals PDF has graphical representations of safety hand signals. The ACPA previously employed 14 hand signals and has adopted two new ones to reference the actions of safely approaching a hose and moving away from a hose. This safety resource is available in both English and Spanish.
For additional resources on general safety, visit the association's Safety/Training resources page where safety materials are easy to find and download at no cost. The ACPA online Safety/Training hub features a variety of safety publications and materials providing employers and employees with a wide array of knowledge for creating a safe environment when working around concrete pumps on the job site.
In addition, the online catalog has materials available for purchase.