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Top Safety Tips for High Pressure Waterjets

SafetyFirstHaakerHere at Haaker, we take pride in offering the most efficient cleaning equipment, but safety always remains our number-one priority. Precautions should always be taken when you are using our equipment, and following these tips can keep you safe while using high pressure waterjets.

General Safety Tips for Using High Pressure Waterjets

  • Never operate a pressure washer alone. Always perform operations with a minimum of two operators.
  • Drain water from all components in freezing conditions.
  • Always clean your equipment thoroughly between jobs to prevent chemical reactions and cross contamination.
  • Wear gloves and goggles to protect your eyes and hands when operating heavy-duty equipment.
  • Protect your feet by wearing leather footwear or boots.

Pre-Job Safety Tips

Before operating your jetter, ensure that all unit safety controls are operational and that you’ve analyzed your worksite for potential hazards. Consider the potential for static, chemical, dust and material hazards and eliminate any possible issues before operating your pressure washer. Clear the space of overhead hazards and keep your work area organized and clear. Also check weather conditions to avoid freezing temperatures.

Operational Safety Tips

Account for operational safety concerns, including the following:

  • PPE
  • Pendant or remote available
  • Communications
  • Guide fins and hose guard for sewer rodding
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Safety tee for hose end work
  • Traffic control
  • Confined space and trench protection
  • Fall protection

Shutdown and Clean-Up

When you are finished operating your jetter, clean up and decontaminate your unit, secure all items for transport and ensure that you have properly disposed of all hazardous materials.

There is still potential for injury when using a jetter even if you follow all these tips. If you experience an injury on the job, seek medical attention immediately and talk to you physician about the source of the water used and the type of waterjet protect you were completing.

To learn more about our high pressure waterjets and how to use them safely and efficiently, contact the team at Haaker today!