General Mixer Safety Precautions
Ensure all mixer operators are supervised until fully trained and wear adequate PPE.
Risk of toppling over and injuring the operator and bystanders if it is being operated
on an unstable surface.
Check power cords of electric-powered cement mixers for cracking, fraying and other
damage before starting to mix cement. If you find cord damage, replace the cord
immediately. Water can conduct a lethal electric shock if it touches you and a
defective electric cord at the same time. For petrol-powered mixers, keep fuel cans
well away from the mixer while it’s operating.
Moving parts Hazard
To prevent injury, make sure all shields and guards are in place around the drum drive
mechanism and that the drive mechanism and drum are in good repair. Don’t wear
loose clothing that could get caught up in the mixer. Never put your hands, arms or
any tools inside a cement mixer’s drum while it is turning. And do not atiempt to
clean out a cement mixer while it is operating; turn off the mixer before cleaning the
Breathing in cement dust can lead to lung problems, while contact with caustic wet
mixed cement can cause skin irritation or skin burns. Wear personal protective gear to
minimise your exposure to cement dust and wet cement. Stand upwind from the
cement mixer whenever possible and rinse wet cement off your skin and clothing
promptly. Wash skin exposed to cement with mild soap and water as soon as you can
and treat it with a medicated skin cream to combat irritation.