Holcim Australia is committed to providing a safe working environment for all Holcim employees, contractors and contractor's employees, along with ensuring the safety of customers, visitors and the public.
Holcim expects that the owner or principal contractor of the delivery site provides a safe working environment. Issues and conditions that assist in creating a safe working environment include:
Safe site access
- Safe and legal entry/exit to the site, including appropriate traffic control on and off public roads (for example lolly-pop/flag person, witches hats).
- Traffic control performed by authorised traffic control personnel only, with the use of appropriate barricades, cones and signs.
- A safe route to the unloading point (including adequate signage).
- Stable ground surface, as freshly filled ground/cavities can be a hazard for heavy trucks.
- A spotter to assist drivers reversing in dark, low clearance or high traffic areas, especially where these are used by pedestrians.
- A delivery point clear of any building materials or debris.
- Safe exit from the site.
- In cases of road side delivery, a safe area that enables vehicles to pull off the road in a manner that does not breach traffic regulations.
- Level and stable ground for delivery points involving tippers.
- An area to remove vehicle covers.
- Adequate clearance from powerlines.
- Signage/marking of any powerlines that could be hazardous.
- No overhanging structures, including trees.
- Safe, level and contained areas for concrete agitator wash down.
- Pre-arranged delivery times to prevent noise nuisance to neighbours of the site.
- Appropriate environmental controls at road side delivery points (e.g. prevention of pre-coat products or concrete washing into waterways).
- Appropriate controls to prevent trucks taking mud from sites onto surrounding roads.
Concrete pumps and kibbles
- All safety features fitted and used on concrete pumps, including grates in place, earth straps used, safety chains on discharge elbow, etc. (Note: there is a Code of Practice available for Concrete Pumps in Victoria, NSW and Queensland; the Australia Standard AS1418.15 Cranes [including hoists and winches] - Part 15: Concrete Placing Equipment should also be used as a reference).
- All safety features are fitted and used on kibbles pump operators must not climb on Holcim trucks.
- A spotter to assist in reversing onto a pump or kibble.
- Where two trucks are required, adequate space (600mm minimum) between the trucks.
- Full pumps to avoid blow back.
It is requested that the pump is set up on site so that concrete trucks do not have to breach traffic regulations to reverse up to the hopper. A safe set-up is shown below.
Spreading loads (Aggregate)
- Spreading will only occur at the discretion of Holcim personnel and if safe (e.g. on even ground, if the type of material flows safely, and if there is adequate clearance from trees/powerlines etc.).
- Holcim does not allow loads to be back spread with trailers. Trucks will only spread with trailer dolly locks in.
- Only Holcim personnel can operate the truck (e.g. tailgate levers, cover winders etc.).
- The following clearances must be maintained from live overhead powerlines/conductors.
Additions to load (colour, silica fume etc.)
- If bagged products (e.g. colour, silica fume etc.) are required to be added to a load - only full bags of the dissolvable type can be used.
- No bagged or liquid products are to be added to a load on a customer site unless an adequate stand approved by Holcim personnel is provided for access to the loading hopper. Selected Holcim sites have stands to allow safe addition of bagged and other products.
- Customers are not allowed to add water to Holcim trucks on site. Holcim drivers are not permitted to add water beyond that required to provide designed slump.
- No additional chutes can be added to Holcim trucks (only those supplied on truck - i.e. no 5th chute).
- Trucks manoeuvring on site with extended chutes must be assisted by a spotter.
- Customers, contractors and sub-contractors must not climb on the agitator or use the agitator ladder.
- Excavations/holes must be clearly marked.
- Safe areas for testing and overnight storage of test specimens must be provided.
- A list of any hazardous substances that drivers/staff may come in contact with must be provided to Holcim.
- Holcim must be advised with sufficient notice of any changes to site access and delivery areas.
- Clear instructions must be given as to any other requirements on the site.
Product safety information
- Information, including Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), can be obtained from your local office, from www.holcim.com.au or by contacting your Sales representative.
- Customers need to ensure that all personnel who will handle Holcim products are aware of our product information and MSDS.
Safe work practices and equipment
- Any unsafe work practices performed by a Holcim representative or unsafe equipment should be reported to your Sales representative.
Safe site checklist
|Traffic||Safe access and exit on and off the site|
|Traffic||Clear access for pedestrians/workers|
|Traffic||When delivering from road side, traffic control cones & signs supplied by customer|
|Traffic / Reversing||Spotter required when reversing in high traffic area (vehicles and/or pedestrians), dark or low clearance areas|
|Traffic / Pump||Spotter required when reversing to pump|
|Concrete Pump||Pump has secure safety grate and is parked safely|
|Plant / Truck||Only Holcim driver operates truck and mechanisms|
|On Site||Delivery area clear of debris (e.g. slip/trip hazards, sharp objects)|
|On Site||Chutes locked if moving around site and attached - use spotter|
|On Site||Adequate lighting for night work|
|Overhead||Adequate distance from powerlines for mixer truck and concrete pump boom (see No Go Zones)|
|Overhead||Concrete pump earth safety strap in place when working near powerlines|
|Overhead||Potentially hazardous highlighted with signage, tiger tails, etc.|
|Landfill||Stable ground for delivery|
|Landfill||Site topography allows easy access (e.g. not too steep, or narrow)|
|Holes & Trenches||Holes, trenches and pits clearly marked|
|Environment||Level wash-out area available|
This list is used as a guide only; many more hazards may exist on site. Be aware.