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    How to safely operate a cement mixer

    Cement mixers are used on construction sites or in industrial settings to mix large quantities of sand, gravel or cement with water. The automatic mixing saves workers energy and time, so they don’t have to stop work to hand mix the quantities of cement needed for their project. The rotating drum of the cement mixer gives workers plenty of time to use the mix before it hardens, keeping it pliable for as long as required. As is the case when working with any industrial equipment, you are putting yourself at risk of accident if you don’t operate the cement mixer properly.

    Types of accidents

    Types of accidents which can occur using a cement mixer include electrical accidents, where the wiring or plug is worn or frayed, accidents involving the cement mixer, where people trap limbs in hardening mixture, or accidents involving the rotating drum – loose clothing such as a scarf could easily become caught in the mechanism. It is important that anyone using a cement mixer has received proper training and is aware of health and safety issues relating to the use of the equipment.

    Operating a cement mixer safely

    The following steps should always be followed when operating a cement mixer:

    • Pour the correct quantity of water into the mixer – you will normally be shown the correct quantities as part of your training, or refer to the cement mix instructions on the bag. If you use too much water, the cement will not dry properly; too little and it won’t mix fully
    • Open the cement bag and add the content to the drum
    • At this point, you should plug in and turn on the mixer. Mixing can be allowed to continue for as long as needed to keep the cement pliable
    • Never put your hand in the cement mixer!
    • Turn the mixer off before pouring the cement into the wheelbarrow or other method of transportation
    • Cement mixers should be regularly checked and maintained and cleaned out regularly to remove residue

    Injured whilst operating a cement mixer?

    If you have been injured in an accident at work whilst operating a cement mixer, you might be wondering what you can do about it? Contact Accident Advice Helpline and we can offer helpful advice as well as assisting you with your claim for compensation. With years of experience in the industry, we have dealt with hundreds of claims for accidents at work.

    Date Published: March 3, 2014

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    Author: David Brown

    Category: Machinery accident claims

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