There are a number of risks associated with concrete pumping activities. In a recent article NBIS, a program administrator and Managing General Underwriter, offers suggestions for creating an effective safety culture.
The article suggests that hazard identification—such as proximity to power lines or poor ground conditions—is just the beginning. More important is making sure employees are participating and management is engaged with a “see something, say something” culture and mind set.
According to NBIS, “a well-organized, developed, and implemented safety culture will greatly reduce potential hazards and risk, and in turn, create a collaborative environment where workers feel committed to not just job site success, but the long-term viability of the company they work for.”
One concrete pumping contractor that’s had a proactive safety mindset is AJ’s Concrete Pumping, a division of Sutherland Concrete. The company operates a fleet of Putzmeister truck-mounted Z-boom pumps ranging from 58- to 24-meter, as well as High-Pressure Line Pumps.
AJ’s sought help from DICA for two reasons. First to conquer the poor ground conditions commonly found in the wet and hilly Vancouver terrain, and secondly to replace their wood outrigger pads and cribbing with engineered products they could count on.
AJ’s ended up choosing both SafetyTech and FiberMax Outrigger Pads as well as DICA’s Pyramid and Slot Lock ProStack Cribbing blocks. Regarding ProStack, both styles of cribbing blocks interlock with a base SafetyTech Outrigger Pad, they also help Sutherland’s crews gain stability and height when operating in unlevel or unique conditions. AJ’s has found that setups with their DICA products, have improved overall safety, are easier to use, and saved money for their customers.
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