Top 5 Changes to the Australian Standard


It's been almost 4 years since the new Australian Standard was published!

We thought we'd once again take you back through the process and highlight the Top 5 Changes. AS 2550.15 was republished following an extensive review, updating and contemporizing for today's modern concrete placing equipment. The document was prepared by the Committee ME-091, Concrete Placing Equipment, to supersede AS2550.15: 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 AS 2550 series of Standards provides national 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.

Top 5 Changes to the Australian Standard

1. Removal of 6 yearly 'strip downs' with the periodic regime

2. Amended definition for competent person(s)

3. Expanded definitions for types of pumps e.g. line pump, boom pump, satellite placing boom.

4. Alignment of inspection & maintenance requirements with international manufacturer concrete placing equipment and international standards

5. General document-wide consistency check for use of terminology

Back in February 2019, the Concrete Pumping Association of Australia held a Member's Briefing Webinar to explain changes to the Standard and how these changes will be implemented over 2019.

The Webinar was recorded and is available at

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