Concrete Vibrator Hazards

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Concrete Vibrator Hazards
Concrete vibrators help concrete set evenly. (Design Pics/Valueline/Getty Images)

As anyone who has seen a construction site knows, concrete is laid by pouring it in liquid form into the area where it will harden. Workers then smooth out the liquid concrete so it will dry and harden evenly. Because it is a viscous substance, a combination of physical smoothing and a concrete vibrator are employed to help the concrete settle evenly. A concrete vibrator is a heavy piece of equipment, and operators need to exercise due caution.

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Carbon Monoxide

Concrete vibrators can be run by gas engines, which produce carbon monoxide as exhaust gas. As such, you should never work in an enclosed space because you could die from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Vibrations

The concrete vibrator produces strong vibrations. If you operate the concrete vibrator for long periods of time, it could cause problems in your hands, arms, and shoulders. Make sure that you give yourself adequate "vibration free" time during your work day.

Sparks

Since your concrete vibrator runs off of an internal combustion engine, there is a risk that the engine could produce some sparks. Consequently, you should never operate a concrete vibrator in any area where there is a risk of fire or gas leaks.

Missing Belt Guard

Many concrete vibrators come with a guard which covers the internal belt drives and pulleys. If these are exposed during operation, they can pose a serious danger if someone or their clothing come into contact with the swiftly moving parts.

Surrounding Objects

Only use the concrete vibrator in a well lit area free of loose clutter. The vibrations from the concrete vibrator can have an unpredictable effect on surrounding clutter. Movement of surrounding objects could pose a potential risk to the device's operator and those in the immediate vicinity.

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