New Concrete Placing Responsibilities

Many personnel will be present on the jobsite near a concrete pour who are not specifically included in the new standard. These workers must be given due consideration when making real-time, on-the-ground safety decisions.

The changes in the 2014 version of ASME B30.27 will go a long way toward ensuring that potential risks are addressed proactively.

The standard’s scope includes concrete pumps, concrete pump placing booms, concrete conveyor systems, and pipe and system components.

ASME B30.27-2014, Material Placement Systems, went into effect on March 26, 2015. It addresses the manufacture, inspection, maintenance, and use of concrete pumps and concrete conveyors.

Most workers on the jobsite now have clearly delineated areas of responsibility that go well beyond basic safety training and emphasize communication and proactive problem resolution. Changes that went into effect with the new American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) safety standard make the jobsite safer than ever, but they also entail a new level of accountability and cooperation among the pump operator, the ready-mix truck driver, and the concrete placing crew.

Most workers on jobsites now have clearly delineated areas of responsibility that go well beyond basic safety training and emphasize communication and proactive problem resolution. There has long been an undue burden placed on concrete pump and concrete belt personnel in accountability for failures occurring as a result of missing information or gaps in the chain of command. The changes in the 2014 version of ASME B30.27 will go a long way toward filling those gaps and ensuring that potential risks are addressed proactively.

Cemstone places concrete at the new $1.06 billion U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis which opens this summer. Features include the largest transparent ethylene-tetraflouroethylene roof in the nation and five 95-feet high pivoting glass doors that will open to a nearly three-acre plaza and the Minneapolis downtown skyline. The building is 30 stories tall.

Cemstone pumps place concrete for U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which will host the Super Bowl in February 2018. The facility, at 1.75 million square feet in size, is 94% larger than the Metrodome which it replaces.

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