Here is an important safety tip: Reducers and pumping lines should be directed away from the operator, whenever pumping conditions allow. This means reverse the 90-degree reducers and run the pumping system away from the pump operator and the ready-mix truck driver (refer to Fig. 1).
What happens on one-way streets, such as in San Francisco, where you cannot change the way the system can be run? We also have found out that running the shotcrete line system per Fig. 1 can be difficult when pumping shotcrete material that may tend to plug easily. The operator always seems to be going to the other side of the pump to unplug the lines, making it hard to access the ready-mix truck at the back of the pump.
After some serious brainstorming, we came up with a protective solution that would contain the concrete if a hose or reducer broke. We wanted to find something that could be bought almost anywhere and was priced right. Some type of rubber mat seemed to make sense. Our idea was to use a rubber mat from the bed of a pickup truck. To test this idea, we dumped all the tools out of a foreman™s truck and used that mat. We cut it in half and used the special shotcrete attachment device (tie wire) and tied it off. It worked great. We now buy mats for approximately $75, install holes, and attach bungee cords (refer to Fig. 2).
Pump Clean Up
Protecting reducers and couplings is not only a safety concern but an environmental issue as well. We pump a lot of shotcrete