Better Safeguarding of the Workforce: Concrete ‘Skids’

Minimising the risks to operatives should be prioritised.

The ability to regularly assess the required responsibilities and actions of operatives on site not only can provide opportunities to improve performance and efficiency, but also reduce the risk of hazards and accidents.

Below is an example of how a site achieved this through recognising risk within a specific building technique:

  • When pumping concrete onto a reinforcement laden deck, the force generated by the live concrete inside the piping held by the operative can be extremely heavy. The jolted movements can also cause a loss of balance;
  • These hazardous and unexpected movements are caused by the friction between the pipe and reinforcement/ mesh deck;
  • The solution is fixing a steel disk named a ‘skid’ that sits between the piping and the deck at regular intervals, eliminating the friction generated between the two;
  • This reduces the risk to workers safety, reduces damage to the deck, protects the pipe and also reduces the need for manual handling.

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Monitor Report, Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe, London, November 2015

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