The BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) with industry and labour organizations in the province has launched North America’s first certification program for concrete pump operators.
“This is one of the most important parts of building construction and one of the most dangerous,” Executive Director of BCCSA Mike McKenna says, “surprisingly no formal programs are in place to certify workers knowledge or on-site performance capabilities, BC has taken the lead to improve safety on construction sites where concrete pumps are in use.”
“This is important for workers and employers in the concrete pumping industry and for the BCCSA. We are supportive of this voluntary program as it will help to address the hazards in this work and will raise the bar on training and qualifications,” said Dale Walker, Vice President at WorkSafeBC.
While accidents involving concrete pump activity on construction sites are rare they can be devastating in their impact leading to worker injury or death.