When working around Bid-Well, Gomaco or other types of concrete slip form pavers, workers need to follow basic safety measures to prevent injuries.
EMERGENCY STOP BUTTON
- Workers must be familiar with the location of the emergency stop button.
- Most emergency stop buttons are magnetic.
- Test emergency stop buttons daily prior to use and position them near the hazard/point of operation.
A competent person must inspect the equipment daily before use to ensure it’s in good operating condition and all safety mechanisms are functioning properly.
SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS
- Workers must be aware of slip, trip and fall hazards during concrete paving.
- Watch for tools, materials and string lines that can cause trip hazards.
- Walking on rebar mats with boots covered in wet concrete can create a slip and fall hazard. Watch your foot placement and avoid openings in the rebar mats. Walk where the rebar is joined or tied together.
- Wet concrete can cause chemical burns.
- Wear gloves and boots when working around wet concrete.
- If your skin comes into contact with wet concrete, wash it as soon as possible.
- Maintain constant awareness of all moving equipment in the work area.
- Be aware of incoming and outgoing dump trucks, concrete trucks and other vehicles.
- Train operators and other employees to recognize the hazards of the concrete paving process.
CAUGHT IN AND CAUGHT BETWEEN – ROTATING AUGERS
- Properly guard all moving and rotating parts. Inspect equipment before use to ensure guards are in place and undamaged.
- Workers should not wear loose clothing, jewelry or PPE that could be entangled in a rotating auger.
- Walk around. Do not cross under a concrete paver when it’s in operation.
- Stop the equipment and shut off the auger(s) during any cleaning operations.