There have many several accounts of injuries and accidents reported from the concrete industry. Most of these accidents happen in the presence of a concrete mixer or concrete pumping truck. Fingers, hands, and even arms have been lost as a result of negligence in the workplace. When it comes to operating a concrete mixing truck, and pouring concrete, it is important to follow all safety guidelines and take all necessary precautions. Continue reading to learn some valuable safety rules and tips that can protect you and your workers from future accidents and injuries.
Pouring and Loading Concrete Mixers
One of the most common mistakes made in the concrete paving industry is contractors using their hands to manually empty the pump while the pump motor is still on. Just because the remote is turn off doesn’t mean you are safe and in the clear! The button can be leaned on or accidentally pressed and the motor can turn on while hands or arms are inside. Always remember this when operating a concrete mixing truck. This is what leads to accidental amputations on the job. In fact, that is rule number one.
Safety Rules 1, 2, & 3:
❶ Never Place Body Parts Inside the Outlet Valve, Lubrication Box, or Hopper.
Concrete mixing trucks require routine maintenance and service to achieve optimal performance capacity. This is a dangerous job that requires acute attention to detail and safety obedience. Always read the manufacturer’s manual before attempting to work with, clean, repair, or operate a concrete pump truck. It requires thorough knowledge and understanding of the machine before anyone can operate it on their own. You learn important safety guidelines, like:
❷ Always Turn Off the Pump Motor, Remove the Key, and Confirm All Pressure Levels are at Zero Before Placing Hands Near Moving Parts.
Sometimes, concrete hoses can clog or become damaged. This can cause accidents and serious injuries. This is because a clogged hose can burst and cause burns, disfigurement, property damage, and even death. Damaged reducers or elbows can cause equally devastating injuries and consequences. This is why you should always abide by safety rule number three:
❸ On a Daily Basis, Inspect Concrete Hoses, Clamps, Reducers, Elbows, Etc. and Throw Out Damaged Equipment.
Routine maintenance for concrete mixers is vital for protecting your equipment and investment. Hydraulic oil needs changed regularly, as well as, filters, motor oil, and all other fluids. Also, all other parts should be inspected for wear and tear, and replaced or repaired as need; such as filters, hoses, fittings, clamps, nuts bolts, and everything else. A truck in good condition is less likely to malfunction or cause injury.
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