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    How to safely operate hydraulic jacks and pumps


    Hydraulic jacks and pumps are used in order to ‘suck’ fluid or other materials out of one place and transport them to another. For example, a hydraulic pump is used when you put petrol or diesel in your car in order to force the petrol or diesel to come out of the pump, contrary to gravity. Hydraulic jacks and pumps are also used to move the petrol or diesel from the transporting vehicle into the reservoir beneath the petrol station, from where it is then again sucked out.

    What are hydraulic jacks and pumps?

    Hydraulic jacks and pumps work together in order to move materials from one position to another. There are various different types of hydraulic pump including gear pumps, rotary vane pumps, screw pumps, bent axis pumps, radial piston pumps, and peristaltic pumps, which all work in a slightly different way but according to the same principle. A simplified explanation of this principle would be that the gears in the pump trap and push the fluid or material upwards.

    Safety tips for using hydraulic jacks and pumps

    • Never use hydraulic jacks and pumps at work without proper training and supervision
    • Inspect all elements carefully for damage and excessive wear before use
    • Always wear protective clothing, gloves, and shoes
    • Never touch an area where there is a leakage – the pressure can be so great as to cause ‘injection’ of the material or fluid into the skin
    • Never connect a high-pressure pump to a low-pressure system
    • Never incorporate a low-pressure component into a high-pressure system
    • Regularly coat cylinder rods with protective lubricants to protect rusting
    • Always lower the hydraulic working units to the ground before leaving the machine
    • Park the machinery away from children and members of the public
    • Never attempt to service the machinery while it is running
    • Ensure all line connections are tight and not damaged
    • Do not remove cylinders until the working units are resting on the ground or on safety stands

    Accident Advice Helpline can help

    If you have been injured in any way at work, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. To find out more about this legal provision and to discuss your situation in detail, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Date Published: March 1, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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