The American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA) has issued a new safety bulletin, Safe Practices for the Intended Use of Concrete Delivery and End Hoses.
The bulletin addresses the proper methods for using concrete delivery hoses with two ends.
Concrete delivery hoses with two ends have different purposes from concrete delivery hoses with one end.
“It’s important for concrete contractors and concrete pumpers to understand when and where to use each type, as double-ended concrete delivery hoses increase the potential for serious personal injury when used as an end hose,” said ACPA executive director Christi Collins.
“The ACPA’s new safety bulletin responds to a need in the industry for education about the hazards of using double-ended concrete delivery hoses.”
Continually updating safety resources is part of ACPA’s mission to foster and promote a positive safety culture within the concrete pumping industry.
The new safety bulletin complements the association’s extensive safety library and is available for free download on the association’s website. Double-ended concrete delivery hoses increase the potential for serious personal injury when used as an end hose, according to the ACPA bulletin.
A double-ended hose has mass attached to the end of the hose, which multiplies momentum and has the potential to cause injury or even death to people in its path, should the hose move unexpectedly or whip as a result of the release of trapped air. It is necessary that concrete contractors only use a single-ended end hose at the discharge of the boom and on the discharge-end of lay-down placing line.
As pipe and hose are removed, a single-ended end hose must be used as the end hose at all times.
The American Concrete Pumping Association is a non-profit association that advocates for the concrete pumping industry and is committed to promotion, education and safety for its members and all those coming into contact with a concrete pump on the construction job site