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Gold Coast concrete pumpers targeted in worker safety campaign

Queensland Government workplace safety inspectors are set to target Gold Coast concrete pumpers in a bid to boost worker safety and prevent accidents and injuries in the local construction industry.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Gold Coast Regional Director Pat Stein said the blitz would include an educational element as well as full safety audits of the mobile and satellite concrete pumpers dotting the Gold Coast construction industry.

Mr Stein said the nature of the industry – the viscous and abrasive nature of concrete, high pressure rates and high wear and tear rates – meant vigilance was needed to guard against workplace incidents.

The use of tall satellite and mobile booms, sometimes poorly maintained, often operating near power lines, as well as problems with concrete trucks and hoppers, also posed unique problems for worker safety.

"Concrete pumping is a dangerous job and we want to ensure workplaces on the Gold Coast are as safe as possible for all employees, no matter what activity they are engaged in" Mr Stein said.

"We are currently talking with owners and operators, highlighting safety issues and outlining their obligations for a safe workplace.

"Soon, full scale audits will be carried out to ensure that employees have been properly trained in concrete pumping and that equipment and plant meets industry standards and work practices are safe.

"Associated matters of traffic control, plant cleaning practices, personal protective gear and plant registration will also be inspected.'

Mr Stein said the statewide campaign was supported by employer and union organisations, including the Master Builders Association, Builders Labourers Federation and Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union.

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24 May 2010
Last updated
5 November 2015
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