Worksafe Victoria requires Concrete Placing Equipment (Concrete Pumps) to be annually inspected by a qualified engineer (competent person). According to the Australian Standard AS 2550.15-1994 Cranes - Safe use - Concrete placing equipment, a concrete pump needs a major inspection (stripped down) every six years. However, WorkSafe Victoria has identified an alternative maintenance program: whereby if the concrete pump is inspected by a qualified engineer every year and adequate maintenance record are kept, the qualified engineer might deem it appropriate to extend the interval before a strip down is required.
Worksafe Victoria Concrete Pumping Industry Standard:7.2 ANNUAL INSPECTIONS
All concrete pumping equipment should be subject to an annual inspection by a competent person at intervals not exceeding 365days.
Where there are no verifiable records of previous maintenance, inspection, repairs or modifications, a major inspection (strip down) should be carried out by the competent person to determine the equipment’s suitability for use.
7.1.1 Program Types
This maintenance and inspection regime should follow either:
A. a program designed by a competent person to comply with the requirements of AS 2550.15
B. a program based on the manufacturer’s recommendations in consultation with a competent person. This type of program can only be established where there are verifiable records that:
i) the concrete pumping equipment has been continually maintained in accordance with those recommendations since the pump was first put into service
ii) the manufacturer, at the time of purchase, had inspected the used concrete pumping equipment and issued a certificate stating it is deemed satisfactory for continued service and has been maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations since being put back into service.