Concrete pumping equipment and operations on construction sites will be in the spotlight as part of a new WorkSafe campaign, set to commence in October.
WorkSafe Safety Inspectors will be checking pumping equipment to ensure that maintenance has occurred, and that the equipment is being used safely on site.
WorkSafe will also be reinforcing its expectation that the industry adopt guidance materials given in the Foundations for Safety Victoria Industry Standard for Concrete Pumping.
The guidance materials are free and readily available, and there is no excuse for the concrete pumping industry to ignore its health and safety obligations.
Inspectors will be checking concrete pumps for the required documentation, including operation manuals, plant registration, operators’ certificates and logbooks.
Inspectors will take appropriate compliance action, if dangerous situations are identified or where non-compliance with health and safety laws is found.
WorkSafe will investigate further, where blatant breaches of safety laws or evidence of safety shortcomings is found. This could involve the potential cancellation of operators’ certificates.