The CPMA has always been an advocate for the concrete pumping industry since it was incorporated in 1999. Its initial focus was on the creation of both a safety standard specifically written for concrete pumping, and a standardization of safety-related features on the equipment built and sold.
After four years of development, the CPMA Safety Standard was officially completed and released in 1999. Its three chapters covered the best practices for safety as it relates to: 1) equipment construction and installation, 2) inspection, testing and maintenance, and 3) applications and operations. In later years, this standard was the basis for what is today’s American National Standard (ASME B30.27) and Canadian Standard (CSA Z151) for safety, and has been reviewed for inclusion in a possible worldwide standard (ISO TC195).
The CPMA has also been responsible for the creation and/or adoption of several safety features that can be found on today’s equipment:
- In the late 1990’s, the hopper grate safety switch feature was adopted which cut power to the pumping and hopper agitator systems if the hinged grate on the hopper was opened.
- Along with the CPMA safety standard, a set of standardized cautionary and warning decals were created and adopted. These decals have been improved and increased over the years with the intent of supplementing the manufacturing member’s own on-board instructions and operations manuals. These decals have also been translated into Spanish for greater adaptability to the American workforce.
- The standardization of the pattern used by the remote control joysticks to control the articulating boom arm movements (three patterns existed at that time, causing confusion when operators changed machines they were working with).
- The operator supervision warning system was adopted to give an operator a warning signal/alarm when the boom was not in the transport mode and they either A) attempted to place the machine in drive-away mode or B) attempted to operate the outrigger support system.