Safe Work Australia has published guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to identify and manage the work health and safety risks associated with concrete pumping.
There have been a high number of injuries (including 2,100 workers’ compensation claims) and 3 fatalities associated with concrete pumping in the last 5 years.
Risks that may arise from concrete pumping equipment include those related to the plant itself, its placement, concrete delivery, and by-products such as fumes and noise. PCBUs must do everything that is reasonably practicable to eliminate these risks. Safe Work Australia’s latest guide provides information on how those risks can be identified and managed.
The new guide is intended to supplement other information produced by Safe Work Australia to assist duty holders to meet their WHS duties and obligations, including:
Model Code of Practice: How to manage work health and safety risks
Model Code of Practice: Managing the risks of plant in the workplace
Model Code of Practice: Construction work.