Whatever the cause, most pumping accidents can be prevented if you adhere to some simple rules before, during, and after the pumping operation. Not only can your efforts help prevent a tragic death, they can also avert costly equipment damage and jobsite delays.

Safe pump operation starts before you arrive for work and doesn't stop until you return to the equipment yard. That means familiarizing yourself with the unit you'll be using before heading to the jobsite, driving the boom truck safely, setting up and operating the pump properly, and practicing caution when removing blockages and cleaning out the pipeline.