Concretesocks

ConcretesockConcretesocks are a simple (and patented!) idea – a tough fabric cover that fits securely over the end of the delivery chute of a concrete ready-mix lorry to stop materials dropping out onto the road as the lorry travels between the batching plant and site, and back again. To other road users, its benefits are just the same as vehicle sheets on any other delivery vehicle – it keeps the load secure, avoids debris harming vehicles and pedestrians, and prevents concrete spilling and setting on roads or washing into road drainage systems in wet weather.

To contractors. they open up a range of other possibilities, from simply giving greater environmental protection from washout residue spillage when returning to the batching plant to, if carefully assessed, not washing out lorries on site at all, but instead allowing them to return to the batching plant for washing out and refilling without risk to other road users.

By doing the latter, not only do contractors avoid all the practical and environmental risks of managing a concrete wash-out point on site, but batching plant operators have the opportunity to recover and reuse materials that would otherwise be lost as washout waste on site, making their own operations more resource efficient – a win-win all round.

(To visit the Concretesock website, click on the image above)

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5 Responses to Concretesocks

  1. Sounds like a great product for crowdfunding! http://www.crowdfundme2.co.uk Best wishes, Justin

  2. Andrew says:

    Ok, so long as the sock will stay on to the destination. Mixed feedback on these to date Barry!

    An alternative idea is to use a concrete retarder additive like delvo which prevents concrete going off and allows reuse on site next day.

    • Barry Smith says:

      Hi Andrew. Socks should stay on – one was accidentally “tested” by dropping a part load while still attached. Sock stayed, chute overflowed. Perhaps the drivers have not been fitting them correctly, or using the wrong pattern for the chute. (Sock designs are specific to chute types – one size DOES NOT fit all!) Whether you wash out on site or not (or use delvo) socks still keep the roads clean by eliminating snail trails. B.

  3. Dan Smith says:

    For reference if the right sock is fitted to the chute, it will not come off. Mixed reviews come from drivers who either A. Use the wrong sock on the wrong chute or B. Cannot accept change and feel the need to provide negative feedback.

    The Concretesock has worked on different sites all over the UK and further afield, the working practice is sound, it just requires people to maintain an open mind.

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