SafeWork SA is issuing a safety alert about the hazards and risks caused by hose whip on concrete pumps after a worker was struck causing serious internal injuries.

'Hose whip' describes the uncontrolled and rapid motion of the flexible rubber hose on the end of a concrete placement boom or other concrete delivery lines.


On 14 August 2021, a worker received serious internal injuries after being struck by a flexible hose in the stomach.

It is believed the workers were cleaning the hose prior to the incident.

SafeWork SA has produced guidance on controlling the risks associated with hose whip.

Compliance audits

Inspectors will be undertaking a state wide campaign on High Risk Construction Work (HRCW) from September 2021.

HRCW includes construction work that is carried out in an area at a workplace in which there is any movement of powered mobile plant.