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Moving Forward

Concrete Pump Operator Competency Certification in BC

The BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) and Concrete BC are seeking to enhance safety in concrete pump operations in the province by putting in place a concrete pump operator competence framework. The goal of the framework is to create a set of concrete pump operator competence standards that can guide better practice, training and evaluation of concrete pump operators in British Columbia.

The plan is to deliver an industry-adoptive program for a comprehensive safety standard that goes beyond what is currently available. The program will be a voluntary, safety and competency certification for concrete pump operators throughout the province of BC. All industry stakeholders agree that it is essential to form a consensus on the competency and safety standards. To this end, a collection of industry subject-matter experts have been identified and are primary reviewers of the first iteration of the standards. Consultation meetings will be held throughout the province and on-line that will provide program insight to industry. These meetings will also be a forum to collect additional commentary and feedback to be included in honing the standards.

Journal of Commerce Article by WorkSafeBC on working safely around Concrete Pumps

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Concrete Pump Operators who currently hold valid safety training

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List of Concrete Pump Operators
With Current Safety Training from Concrete BC

Tony Sutherland –  December 2018 training expires
Nicholas Whipp – January 2021 training expires
William Makrigini – January 2021 training expires
David Varney – January 2021 training expires
Eugene Field – January 2021 training expires
Masa Ikeda – January 2021 training expires
Michael Perera – April 2021 training expires
Scott Sutherland – April 2021 training expires
Sidney Marchen – April 2021 training expires
Jimmy Carranza – April 2021 training expires

Dave Baxter –  January 2021 training expires
Ken Gibson – January 2021 training expires
Paolo Castellani – January 2021 training expires

Duane Schutte –  April 2021 training expires
Craig Kiever – April 2021 training expires
Scott Fowler – April 2021 training expires

Adrian Valerio – April 2021 training expires
Brian Da Silva – April 2021 training expires
Chris Martins – April 2021 training expires
Erik Partridge – April 2021 training expires
Robert Soares – April 2021 training expires
Gustavo Babyaczuk – April 2021 training expires
Lee Wareham – April 2021 training expires
Ryan Wallis – April 2021 training expires
Donald Lee Wareham – April 2021 training expires
Dustin Shewchuk – April 2021 training expires
Christopher Rego – April 2021 training expires
Dinnis McKelvey – April 2021 training expires
Jesse Maltesen – October 2021 training expires
Ryan Gido – October 2021 training expires
Brett Gienger – March 2022 training expires
Gregory Gienger – March 2022 training expires

Terry Hughes – March 2018 training expires
Larry Hughes – March 2018 training expires
Darryl Hickey – March 2018 training expires
Jeff Hughes – September 2022 training expires
Brett Thomas – September 2022 training expires

Ray Archambeault – February 2018 training expires
Bob Gallant – February 2018 training expires
Frank Harmon – February 2018 training expires
Paul Kennedy – February 2018 training expires
Allan Kitkowski – February 2018 training expires
Jason Kitkowski – February 2018 training expires
Cory Pollock – February 2018 training expires
Spencer Sahlen – February 2018 training expires
Rob Sandry – February 2018 training expires
Peter Savage – February 2018 training expires
Dan Shellard – February 2018 training expires
Peter Sibillieau – February 2018 training expires
Steve Slootweg – February 2018 training expires
Tyson Weiss – February 2018 training expires

Brett Thomas – March 2018 training expires

Curtis Machtaler – October 2021 training expires
Elroy Verigin – October 2021 training expires

Josh Loucks – February 2018 training expires
Darrell Hannan – January 2021 training expires
Brendan Gowanlock – January 2021 training expires

Dave Sattler – April 2021 training expires
Matt Friesen – April 2021 training expires
Phil Frost – April 2021 training expires
Alex Chia – April 2021 training expires
Brad Dykshoom – April 2021 training expires
Brent McIntosh – April 2021 training expires
Leigh Evans – April 2021 training expires
William Rolleman – April 2021 training expires
Jesse Tober – April 2021 training expires
Will Seulzle – October 2021 training expires

Chris Reynolds – January 2021 training expires

Jared Brotzel – March 2022 training expires
Cliff Brotzel – March 2022 training expires

Mark McLeod – January 2021 training expires
Karlo Manfredi – January 2021 training expires
Martin Zupan – January 2021 training expires
Peter Bettencourt – January 2021 training expires
Steven Pollitt – January 2021 training expires
Jason Barros – January 2021 training expires
Rick Nickoleychuk – January 2021 training expires
Austin Antonio – April 2021 training expires
Alex Antonio – April 2021 training expires

Jeff Camara – April 2021 training expires
John Beacom – April 2021 training expires
Ross Davison – April 2021 training expires
Dan Anderson – April 2021 training expires
Ralph Black – April 2021 training expires
Mike Goncalves – April 2021 training expires
Zen Kause – April 2021 training expires
Chris Martins – April 2021 training expires
Stephan Bucciotti – April 2021 training expires
Bill Richardson – October 2021 training expires
Jerry Harder – October 2021 training expires
Chris Franko – October 2021 training expires
Rick Dallas – October 2021 training expires
Travis Gallagher – October 2021 training expires
Donald Dunn – October 2021 training expires
Cam Paradis – October 2021 training expires
Adrian Debest – March 2022 training expires

Jason Nemeth – October 2017 training expires
Qi Jiang – February 2018 training expires

Kevin Armstrong – September 2022 training expires
Thomas Carroll – September 2022 training expires
Peter Dekens – March 2018 training expires
Dave Goodall – September 2022 training expires
Moe Graham – March 2018 training expires
Clayton Kristiansen – September 2022 training expires
Nick Pattison – March 2018 training expires
Brian Demelo – September 2022 training expires
Tony Huizenga – September 2022 training expires

Magee Mitchell – October 2021 training expires

Daniel Sousa – October 2021 training expires
Jose Vasconcelo – October 2021 training expires
Ivo Ferreira – October 2021 training expires

Dylan Quist – September 2022 training expires

Justin Gill – October 2017 training expires
James Smith – October 2017 training expires
Jerry Dahl – January 2018 training expires
Brian Dawson – April 2021 training expires
Jason Mitchel – April 2021 training expires
James Troyer – April 2021 training expires
Jesse Herfst – April 2021 training expires
Gavin Grey – March 2022 training expires

Daniel Wartman – February 2018 training expires
Dylan Sabo – February 2018 training expires

Alfred Preneau – December 2018 training expires
Marcel Jittler – December 2018 training expires
Jesse Hoppel – February 2021 training expires
Rodrigo Chavarin – April 2021 training expires
Aaron Schultz – April 2021 training expires
Annis Mangatal – April 2021 training expires
Aaron Klassen – April 2021 training expires
Carlos Albanez – April 2021 training expires
Luis Garcia – April 2021 training expires
Jim Magson – April 2021 training expires
Mario Louric – April 2021 training expires
Dustin Johnson – March 2022 training expires

Gregg Yanke – February 2018 training expires
Morrison Yanke – February 2018 training expires

Ron Bouwer – Februaryh 2021 training expires
Mike Crane – February 2021 training expires

Ben Smith – March 2018 training expires

Joe Turnquist – April 2021 training expires

Kevin Wiebe – October 2017 training expires
Leonard Denboer – January 2021 training expires
Michael Poitras – January 2021 training expires
Schey A. Notembomber – January 2021 training expires
Charles Jette – January 2021 training expires
Dagan Owens – January 2021 training expires
Steve Guzslovan – April 2021 training expires
Robert Clegg – April 2021 training expires
Mark Burgess – April 2021 training expires
Shane Humphrey – April 2021 training expires
Dieter Saide – March 2022 training expires
Sheldon DenBoer – March 2022 training expires
Yan Shouirnard – March 2022 training expires
Travis Kelly – March 2022 training expires
Seth Ross – March 2022 training expires
Josh Cooper – March 2022 training expires
Jemes Van Den Brink – March 2022 training expires

Aaron Edwards – February 2021 training expires
Todd Ruscheinski – February 2021 training expires
Kai Greno – February 2021 training expires
Jay Liggitt – February 2021 training expires
Josh MacMilan – February 2021 training expires
Mark Bordignon – February 2021 training expires
Arnold Schwarz – February 2021 training expires
Josh Hallick – February 2021 training expires
Brad Froese – February 2021 training expires
Steve Chomechko – February 2021 training expires
Ron Rutowski – February 2021 training expires
Chris Jones – April 2021 training expires
Landon Chomechko – April 2021 training expires
Morrie Clarot – April 2021 training expires
Len Phelan – April 2021 training expires
Bruce Easton – April 2021 training expires
Bryan Goodkey – April 2021 training expires

Lane Helm – April 2021 training expires

Thierry Provencher – February 2021 training expires
Nathan Koss – February 2021 training expires

Patric Crespo – March 2022 training expires
Isaiah Sterling – March 2022 training expires
Ryan Pyatt – March 2022 training expires
Chad Jensen – March 2022 training expires

Peter Spoletini – April 2021 training expires

Jimmy Carranza – April 2021 training expires

Dan Priebe – April 2021 training expires

Safety Training Manual

For Concrete Pump Operators

Produced jointly by Concrete BC Pumping Committee and the BC Construction Safety Alliance, this manual, published in the spring of 2009, and updated in January 2016, sets a basic training standard for concrete pump operators in British Columbia. This manual is the foundation for the pump operator safety training workshops delivered by Concrete BC, and a student copy is included for the Pump Operator Safety Training workshop.

The manual sells for $100.00 + tax for Concrete BC Members and $175.00 + tax for Non-Members. To order your copy of this manual, or to be placed on a mailing list for workshop information, please contact the Concrete BC office at concrete@concretebc.ca or 604-626-4141.

Injury Management

Handbook

This handbook contains information that will help supervisors familiarize themselves with key responsibilities within injury management and understand why such involvement is important. Practical tools are also contained in the handbook to assist supervisors in executing their responsibilities.

INJURY MANAGEMENT HANDBOOK

If you have any questions or would like to obtain hard copies of this publication, please contact Alicia Brady, Communications Program Coordinator, Construction Safety Network, at 604-636-3679.


Inclement Weather Guidelines

Safety Awareness

The purpose of these guidelines is to ensure that lightning safety awareness is a priority for employees in all outdoor activities. There is no location outdoors that is 100% safe from lightning strikes, however, being aware of and following proven lightning risk reduction guidelines can lower the risk of injury or death.

Weather conditions should be monitored continuously. Lightning may strike several kilometres away from the parent cloud and precautions should be taken even if the thunderstorm is not directly overhead. Lightning can reach you even if the storm is 16 km away and there’s a clear sky above you.

To judge how close lightning is, count the seconds between the flash and the thunder clap. Each second represents about 300 metres. If you can count less than 30 seconds between the lightning strike and the thunder, the storm is less than 10 km away and there is an 80 percent chance the next strike will happen within that 10 km. If you count less than 30 seconds, take shelter, preferably in a building or all-metal automobile (not a convertible top) or in a low-lying area.

  • Take appropriate shelter when you can count 30 seconds or less between lightning and thunder
  • Remain sheltered for 30 minutes after the last thunder
  • Fully enclosed all metal vehicles
  • Permanent, substantial buildings
  • Don’t go outside unless absolutely necessary
  • Keep away from doors, windows, fireplaces and anything that will conduct electricity such as radiators, stoves, sinks, and metal pipes
  • Keep as many walls as possible between you and the outside
  • Don’t handle electrical equipment or telephones. Use battery operated devices instead.
  • Keep a safe distance from tall objects such as trees, hilltops and telephone poles
  • Avoid projecting above the surrounding landscape. Seek shelter in low-lying areas such as valleys, ditches and depressions but be aware of flooding
  • Stay away from water. Land as quickly as possible if you are on the water and a storm is approaching. Lightning can strike the water and travel some distance from its point of contact.
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity such as power poles, fences and gates, metal machinery, electrical equipment, hauling machinery and radio equipment
  • You are safe inside an enclosed rubber-tired vehicle but don’t park near or under trees or other tall objects
  • If you are in a group in the open, spread out, keeping people several meters apart
  • If caught in a level field far from shelter and you feel your hair stand on end, lightning may be about to hit you. Kneel on the ground immediately, with feet together, place your hands on your knees and bend forward. Do not lie flat.

Persons who have been struck by lightning receive an electrical shock but do not carry an electrical charge and can be safely handled. Victims may be suffering from burns or shock and should receive medical attention immediately. If breathing has stopped, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation should be administered. If breathing and pulse are absent, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation is required.


Warm or Hot Weather

Working Conditions

As we approach the summer months, working in warm or hot weather must be addressed for all workers.

  1. Your body is always generating heat and passing it to the environment.
  2. The harder your body is working, the more heat it has to lose.
  3. When the environment is hot or humid or has a source of radiant heat (for example, a furnace or the sun),your body must work harder to get rid of its heat.
  4. If the air is moving (for example, from fans) and it is cooler than your body, it is easier for your body to pass heat to the environment.

Heat Stress

  • Heat stress occurs when the body temperature rises to above 38.5C and cannot cool off
  • High temperature, high humidity, heat generated from equipment, and body heat may contribute to heat stress
  • Heat stress can cause disorders ranging from heat cramps to heat stroke
  • Heat stroke is very serious, as it can be fatal

Symptoms

  • Irrational behaviour
  • Hot, dry skin (with no sweating)
  • Loss of consciousness and collapse
  • Co-workers who do not know of the symptoms may think the victim is upset, intoxicated or acting strangely

The following procedures should be considered to prevent heat stress:

  1. Have drinking water available to all workers. Workers should fill water bottles for use when working in the field. Workers should drink approximately one cup of water every 20 minutes.
  2. Workers should salt food well to replenish salts lost through perspiration (check with your doctor if you are on a low salt diet).
  3. Wear clothing that is loose fitting, tightly woven, and light in colour to reflect the sunlight.
  4. Do not consume excessive amounts of alcohol within 24 hours before working in a hot environment.
  5. In extremely hot conditions, workers should take time out of direct sunlight or heat source more often such as sitting in their vehicle, working in the shade, taking break/lunch periods inside.
  6. Workers on medication should check with their doctor before working in extreme temperatures.
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