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Site preparation for a concrete pump

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When a concrete pump is booked, site preparation needs to be in order before the concrete pump can work on the construction site:

  • As a concrete pump is a large machine, there needs to be an adequate entrance for the concrete pump truck to enter the site to avoid damage to the equipment and the site.
  • As a concrete pump has outriggers to keep it from falling over, there needs to be enough open space for the concrete pump to be set up. Concrete pumps usually need about 8 to 9 meters of space all around for the outriggers to be set up.
  • The area indicated for the concrete pump should be level and stable. If not, the concrete pump is at risk of falling over and creating damage to the construction site and injury to the construction workers. Concrete pump operators usually indicate when an area is not safe for set up.
  • Concrete is poured into the concrete pump from a ready mixed concrete truck. There has to be efficient open space for the ready mixed trucks to enter the site and get the concrete to the concrete pump.
  • When the concrete pump has to be established in a public road, the necessary road closure permits must be obtained from the traffic department by the site manager.
  • Water has to be available on site as the pipes of the concrete pump have to be prepared before pumping starts as well as washed before the concrete pump leaves the site.
  • There has to be an area on the site where the concrete pump can dump the excessive concrete when the job is finished. The site manager can decide where and if the concrete can be used somewhere else on the site.
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Author: Erika du Plessis

This post has 4 Comments

  1. Amy on May 25, 2017 at 9:30 am Reply

    yes, good construction working environment makes work easier

  2. Brayden Brade on September 26, 2017 at 1:41 pm Reply

    That’s interesting that there has to be a designated area to dump the excess concrete. I’m doing some research for my local government in preparation for a new building. I’ll keep this in mind as we get deeper in our planning.

    • Erika du Plessis on October 5, 2017 at 8:53 am Reply

      Thank you Brayden πŸ™‚ Glad you found this helpful!

  3. Sarah Lancaster on October 6, 2017 at 2:53 pm Reply

    I really liked how you mentioned that if you are going to have a concrete pump on the site you must take safety precautions. I think it is really important to make sure it is stable. That would be a terrible tragedy if that pump fell over and created massive damage to a construction site! Thanks for sharing this useful information! I will be sure to look out for this whenever I pass a construction job site!

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