Cranes, Hoists and Winches – Safe Use, Part 15: Concrete Placing Equipment.
It's official ... the 25+ year old AS 2550.15 has been republished following an extensive review, updating and contemporising for today's modern concrete placing equipment.
During the past 36 months, AS 2550.15:2019 was prepared by the Committee ME-091, Concrete Placing Equipment, to supersede AS 2550.15:1994 Cranes—Safe use, Part 15: Concrete placing equipment. The objective of this Standard is to specify the requirements that apply to concrete placing equipment, which are not cranes used for lifting, but share some common structural, mechanical and electrical elements of cranes. The objective of the AS 2550 series of Standards is to provide uniform requirements and guidance for the safe use of cranes, hoists and winches, some of which are relevant to concrete placing equipment. This revision of AS 2550.15 resulted in a comprehensive update of the standard requirements, including the addition of contemporary methods and techniques to ensure concrete placing equipment safe use. The major changes in this revision are as follows:
• General document-wide terminology use.
• Expanded definitions for types of pumps, e.g. line pump, boom pump, satellite placing boom.
• Amended definition for competent person(s).
• Alignment with international standards for inspection and maintenance requirements.
• Consequential amendments and alignment to AS 2550 series.
The CPAA held a Member's Briefing Webinar to discuss the Standard and how the changes will come into effect. The Webinar was recorded so you can come back and watch at any time.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
May = Indicates the existence of an option
Shall = Indicates a statement is mandatory
Should = Indicates a recommendation
The Standard is effective from 21st January 2019.
What defines a competent person for setup, pre-operational inspections and routine (monthly) inspections?
A person who has acquired through training, qualification or experience the knowledge and skills;
- For setup, erection and dismantling: To carry out the task of setting up, erecting and dismantling concrete placing equipment as required
- For pre-operational inspections (each use): To carry out the pre-operational inspections of concrete placing equipment as required
For routine inspections (monthly): A tradesperson in the field of fitter/mechanic or a person who has completed training and gained specific experience inspecting similar types of concrete placing equipment and their operational methods.
A competent person for routine inspections (monthly) is defined as "a tradesperson in the field of fitter/mechanic" OR "a person who has completed training and gained specific experience inspecting similar types of concrete placing equipment and operational methods".
It is the owner's duty of care to ensure that the individual conducting the routine inspection, has the necessary experience which can be validated.
The date of your last twelve (12) monthly or six (6) yearly inspection (whichever is most recent), acts as the date you will begin counting the hours of operation for your periodic inspections.
Periodic inspections by a competent person is a means for early detection for repair of service damage. The periodic inspection shall be conducted in accordance with the manufacturers defined maintenance and inspection regime and include a report on specific critical wear and stress areas.
The operating-hours meter on the machine is used to determine when the periodic inspection is due. Intervals depend on the age of the concrete placing equipment.
There is no mandatory requirement for two people to be manning a pump, however, it is recommended.
It is mandatory that an operator does not handle the boom and hose at the same time.
You should evaluate the site to determine safety measures. For example, if you can't see the tip of the hose, you need to have a spotter.
The concrete placing equipment operator should operate in conjunction with a line hand. A line hand may not be required if the discharge hose doesn't need to be moved or directed during the pour (e.g. when pouring into a lift base).
The equipment operator shall not manipulate the boom and handle the hose simultaneously.
Concrete placing equipment should be manned by a minimum of:
a) one pump operator;
b) one boom operator;
c) one line hand (where required); and
d) a spotter (where required).
For a mobile boom pump, the pump operator and the boom operator may be the same person.
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