Concrete mixers are essential tools in the construction industry. They provide efficient, convenient concrete delivery to job sites across the country. However, maintaining these vital pieces of equipment can be a hazardous process, resulting in injury or fatalities if not performed with the utmost care and attention. In this post, we will look into the dangers of drum cleaning, and provide some insight to reduce the risk to both workers and equipment alike.

What Are the Risks Involved?

The most common risks associated with concrete drum cleaning are chemical exposure, physical injuries, and actual damage to the drum.
Chemical Exposure: The blades in a concrete drum can accumulate dried concrete material over time. When the time comes to remove this material, the process exposes workers to significant amounts of concrete dust, which contains a variety of respiratory irritants. Additionally, if cleaning chemicals are used to loosen the material from the blades, this can expose the person in the drum to dangerous chemical fumes.
Physical Injuries: Inside a concrete drum is a very tight space. Working in this space can result in a variety of physical injuries. Accidental slips or falls can cause broken bones or lacerations. In addition to the tight space, the number of moving mechanical parts within the drum poses a serious risk to workers. Inadvertent activation of these components can lead to crushed limbs, amputations, and in rare cases fatalities.
Equipment Damage: While less serious than the other risks associated with drum cleaning, damage to equipment should be taken into consideration. Concrete drums are expensive to repair or replace, and the last thing you want is for one of yours to be taken out of commission because of damage to the blades, seams, or other components on the inside of the drum.

How to Reduce These Risks

Many different steps can be taken to mitigate the risk of injury or damage during the concrete drum cleaning process. Proper training, better personal protective equipment, a strict lockout procedure, and regular inspections are recommended steps to take toward protecting your workers. But what if you didn’t have to send someone into the drum in the first place?
Fritz-Pak’s Mini Delayed Set can be used to stabilize the water used in washing out the drum after a job. All you have to do is rinse the drum, leave the water in the drum, and add the water-soluble packs of Mini Delayed Set before returning to the plant. The mixing of the water on the way back to the plant will thoroughly clean all the debris from the inside of the drum, and the admixture will keep the cementitious materials from setting up. Not only does this completely eliminate the need to have someone go inside the drum to clear the dried debris, but it also reduces the environmental impact of your business operations. The stabilized wash water can be left in the drum overnight and used in the first load of the next day.

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