As we kick off our weekly blog, we thought it would be a good idea to start with one of the most basic fundamental principles of operating a vacuum truck, safety. Over the next several months, we will continue to focus on safety and will discuss general safety guidelines, operational safety guidelines, vehicle maintenance tips, and many other safety related topics.
Vacuum trucks are powerful machines and the smallest miscalculation or error can result in personal injury, property damage, and in severe cases, loss of life. Here is a list of general safety procedures that all operators should know and understand.
- All operations should be performed with at least 2 operators.
- All operators must be properly trained prior to operating, performing maintenance, or attempting any vehicle repairs.
- Ensure that your work area is clean, has good visibility, and on a stable, flat surface.
- All operators must wear the proper safety equipment. This includes but not limited to: Safety Goggles, Hard Hat, Ear Plugs, Rain Suit, Water Proof Gloves, and proper work shoes/boots.
- Only use the system for its intended purpose. Do not alter or adjust the system components.
- If any malfunctions or problems occur, immediately shut down the vehicle.
- During periods of low and freezing temperatures, drain the water from all components.
- Between jobs, the unit must be thoroughly cleaned in order to prevent cross contamination or chemical reactions.
- Never attempt to use the unit for a rescue operation.
- When operating the unit inside a building or in a confined area, inspect the area first in order to minimize any risks such as engine exhaust and heat build-up from the engine and blower discharge.
- Never use an air mover machine for vacuuming hydrocarbon or flammable materials. The flashpoint of the material must be 140 degrees F or higher. Pressurized or pump off-loading is not permitted unless the flashpoint of the material is 140 degrees F or higher unless nitrogen is present.
- Never operate engines where there are or can be combustible vapors. Vapors pulled into an engine air intake can cause engine acceleration and over-speeding. This can result in death, injury, and property damage.
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