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Concrete pumping Code of Practice commences 2 December 2019

The Concrete pumping Code of Practice 2019 was approved by the Minister for Education and Minster for Industrial Relations and commences on 2 December 2019. This supersedes the Concrete pumping Code of Practice 2005.

The updates to the Concrete pumping Code of Practice 2005 ensure that the code:

  • is responsive to industry needs and safety concerns
  • reflects current best practice in the concrete pumping and construction industry
  • is consistent with the model work health and safety laws implemented in Queensland in 2012.

A comparison table (PDF, 969.72 KB) outlines the updates made to the Concrete pumping Code of Practice 2019(PDF, 2016.02 KB) .

The key changes to the code:

  • Clarify that the mobile concrete pump operator is not to carry out the work of a line hand. The line hand is at the end of the concrete delivery hose and cannot monitor the concrete pump operations, including the stability of the concrete pump setup. This change means a minimum of two workers will be required for mobile concrete pumping operations.
  • Provide stronger and clearer guidance on maintaining the stability of mobile concrete placing booms and managing the risk of concrete line blockages.
  • Clarify that workers other than line hands or concreters are not to be directly under the concrete placing boom during concrete pumping operations. The restriction of workers under the boom, other than the line hand and concreters who may need to work under the boom, reflects the serious safety risks if the boom has a catastrophic failure.
  • Update guidelines on working near overhead powerlines.
  • Provide stronger and clearer guidance on annual and major (six yearly) inspection requirements. Inspections for concrete pumps and booms should happen daily before commencement of concrete pumping work, weekly, monthly, yearly and with a major inspection every six years.

The Concrete pumping Code of Practice 2019(PDF, 2016.02 KB) will apply to anyone who has a duty of care in relation to the carrying out of construction work involving concrete pumping on or from 2 December 2019.

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