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Guide aims to improve concrete pump safety

The British Concrete Pumping Interest Group - part of the Construction Plant-Hire Association (CPA) - has produced a good practice guide for the safe use of concrete pumps, developed in conjunction with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

The guide covers all aspects of working with concrete pumps, including selection and ­maintenance of the pump and placing boom, planning and supervision, and operator ­competence.

“This new guidance has been prepared by a working group representing all parts of the industry to provide clarity on the safe use of concrete pumps; including planning, role of personnel, training and familiarisation of personnel, safe use, maintenance, inspection and thorough examination,” said HM chief inspector of construction and HSE construction industry advisory committee Heather Bryant.

“The guidance is straight­forward, comprehensive and easy to adopt. It represents good ­practice which may go further than the minimum you need to
do in order to comply with the law,” she added.

It includes a section specifically aimed at hirers that explains their responsibilities when it comes to requesting a suitable concrete pump, such as making sure access to and egress from the site is suitable for the size of the machine and there is sufficient space for all the machine’s stabilisers to be fully deployed.

The good practice guide for the safe use of concrete pumps can be downloaded from the CPA website at www.cpa.uk.net

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