Concrete Placing Boom

A concrete placing boom is a mobile truck mounted plant incorporating a knuckle boom. It is capable of power operated slewing and luffing to place concrete by pumping it through a pipeline attached to, or forming part of, the boom of the plant.

The operator must be able to undertake a number of duties before, during and after using the concrete placing boom. You must be able to plan the work, conduct routine checks, set up and prepare for operation, deliver concrete, and shut down and secure the concrete placing boom.


White Card Asbestos Cert. Drivers Licence High Risk Work 18 years +
Concrete Placing Boom Operator yes yes no yes yes
To be a Concrete Placing Boom Operator you need to enjoy outdoor, practical work and be physically fit. You also need to be able to follow precise instructions and be a good communicator.  You will need a high level of literacy to be able to read and comprehend manufacturer’s instructions, procedures and safety signs.

Typical Duties

  • accurately record and maintain information about the operation of the concrete placing boom,
  • communicate using hand signals and fixed channel two-way radios,
  • position, stabilise, set-up and pack-up concrete placing booms, including outriggers and stabilisers,
  • operate and control a concrete placing boom including all functions to within their maximum capability,
  • undertake risk assessment and hazard prevention strategies, including the positioning and safe operation of the concrete placing boom (checking any risks associated with overhead powerlines/electrical cables, ground conditions, wind, pedestrians and tipping),
  • verify problems and equipment faults and demonstrate appropriate response procedures,
  • assess ground conditions to confirm that the site is suitable (eg. firm, level and safe) to set up the concrete placing boom, and
  • undertake Commonwealth, State or Territory OHS legislation, standards and codes of practice relevant to concrete placing boom operations.
No RTO’s in the ACT offer training to become a Concrete Placing Boom Operator. All construction workers need a White Card and Asbestos Awareness Training to work on a construction site in the ACT.
RTO Hours + Costs White Card Asbestos
No additional training / on-the-job training 6 hours + < $500 4 hours + < $500

The cost of training may be reduced subject to ACT Training Fund Authority subsidy, please check with your RTO.