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Safety Shooter Pre-Job Safety Checks By Mark Corner Tbringing a number of new safety items and In shotcrete processes, we have to consider manyAs we know, safety starts with the individual.Pre-Job Safetyoday’s shotcrete placement, equipment, andpersonnel have evolved over the years, topics. Every project is unique and possesses aspects of planning jobs and keeping safe. The unique hazards that need to be addressed. Even following are some key points in my Pre-Job before the shotcrete machine is started, we are Safety checklist. responsible, as professional shotcrete nozzlemen, • Before operating any type of machinery, the to plan for placing quality shotcrete and main- crewman should be very clear on how the taining safety at all times while working on job- machinery operates. Sure, reading manuals sites. One of the most important aspects is pre-job can be boring, but you know what’s worse? safety planning for the project to mitigate injury Lying in a hospital bed because you used a or damage to your equipment and to protect shotcrete pump with no training. STAY the worker. SAFE, READ MANUALS. Job organization is an essential part of the pre- • Communicate with key personnel such as the job safety process. The responsibility falls to the Project Contractor and other subcontractors, foreman of the job to correctly identify the hazards making sure everyone is aware who is respon- and communicate them to the crew and workers sible for identifying hazards. Also, we must on-site. He should lay out the equipment and always be informed of and follow local laws shooting operations on the job to meet the safety and regulations. All shotcrete projects are requirements. The foreman should also ensure unique and have their own set of hazards that that all equipment is properly maintained and will must be addressed. These discussions should work smoothly, while being aware of necessary take place before the start of the project. They precautions and providing for unseen eventualities. can include procedures to respond to weather Fig. 1: On-site safety talks provide timely communication during a project 54 Shotcrete • Summer 2015


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