Health & Saftey Risks

 

Risks from contact with wet concrete

Wet concrete, mortar and screed are strong alkalis. Contact with skin or the eyes may cause serious burns and ulceration or an acute allergic reaction in some people. Suitable clothing including impervious gloves, long sleeves, eye protection and boots are essential. In the event of eye contact wash immediately with plenty of water and seek urgent medical attention.

 

Risks from equipment

All equipment and even hand tools can present a risk if used incorrectly. People can be under increased pressure to finish quickly as the concrete sets so it is always worth ensuring everyone understands the operating instructions before the job starts.

 

The pump has several mechanical parts and only the trained operator is allowed on the pump. The flexible rubber pipe must always be kept straight  when working of the end of the boom or at the end of a ground line, if it becomes kinked all personnel should move out of the area as it is liable to kick as the pressure builds up, which may result in injury


Risks from slips, trips and lifting

Wet concrete makes surfaces slippery and it is obviously very heavy.

 


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