Putzmeister America has become the first manufacturer to achieve Concrete Pump Manufacturers Association (CPMA) safety certification for its "entire" range of truck-mounted concrete boom pumps and separate placing boom models.
CPMA certification requires a detailed audit by an independent auditor that has ANAB accreditation. The audit encompasses an exhaustive safety checklist for each section within the standard. To maintain compliance, follow-up audits must be performed on each family every 24 months.
The audited CPMA certification recognizes Putzmeister America as being in full compliance with the most current version of its 27-2000 Safety Standard for boom pump products. Bearing close similarities with the ASME B30.27-2005 Safety Standard, CPMA certification signals an implied compliance with ASME's national standard that took effect on October 22, 2006. However, this latest ASME benchmark is open to enforcement.
"In early 2006, we were first to attain CPMA certification for 'selected' boom pump models," says Jim Bury, engineering manager at Putzmeister America. "This success was then quickly followed by detailed auditing and adjustments to ultimately achieve certification and every boom pump and placing boom model within our extensive product line.
"Beyond the implementation aspects of meeting the industry standards, we felt it was important for our machines to attain 100-percent compliance due to the widespread need for improving worker safety," says Bury. "An operator safety program must begin with a machine that is designed, built and tested with the goal of meeting or exceeding these safety guidelines.
"Although not required in any standard," Bury concludes, "Putzmeister America continues to stability-load and cycle test every concrete boom pump prior to customer delivery. This demonstration of quality and product safety further reveals our commitment to the safety of the individual operator and others on the job site."