Apr 08, 2003

Pump Safety Guidelines

Editorial Emphasis

1 Read the Installation,
Operation and Maintenance Manual for your pump before installing, operating or
performing maintenance on the pump or its related equipment.

2 Overheated
pumps can cause severe burns and injury. If overheating of pump casing occurs:

a Stop
pump immediately.

b Allow
pump to cool to air temperature.

c Slowly
and cautiously vent pump at drain plug.

d Refer
to Installation, Operation and Maintenance Manual before restarting.

3 Do not
operate pump without all guards and shields in place.

4 Cautiously
approach any pump that has been in operation.

5 Pump only
liquids for which the pump was designed.

6 Do not pump
flammable or corrosive liquids unless pump and piping are designed for such.

7 Operating
pump with suction and/or discharge closed is one cause of severe overheating.

8 Note
direction of rotation -- operating pump in wrong direction may cause impeller
to unscrew and damage pump casing or other pump parts.

9 Locate the
pump in an accessible location, as close as safely possible to the liquid to be

10 Check all
lubricants before installation and operation and in accordance with maintenance

11 When lifting
pumps, use only lifting equipment in good repair with adequate capacity.

12 Never
operate a self-priming pump unless the pump casing is filled with liquid. Doing
so may damage the pump. The pump will not prime unless the pump casing is
filled with liquid.

13 Do not
remove the coverplate, fill port cap, gauge port plug, or drain plug from any
overheated pump. Allow pump to cool to air temperature. Check pump temperature
before opening coverplate, fill port, gauge port plug or drain plug.

14 Do not
operate pump against a closed valve.

15 Check the
suction strainer regularly to be sure that it is not clogged.

16 Secure the
pump so that it cannot move after it is in its operating position.

17 Never
operate pumps in explosive or volatile atmospheres unless they are designed to
be operated in these environments.

18 Check the
pump thoroughly upon delivery for any shipping damage.

19 Never wear
loose clothing around machinery.

20 Always read
and keep the Installation, Operation and Maintenance Manual for your pump.

21 When
overhauling pumps, never remove or cover warning tags and labels.

22 Be sure that
only experienced personnel operate machinery.

23 Before
working on pumps with electric motors and panels, LOCK control panel in the OFF

a If
control panel cannot be locked, pull main fuse or circuit

b Remove
all V-belts.

c Disengage
drive coupling.

24 Drain pump
completely of water before freezing weather.

25 Do not work
in underground pump systems alone or without adequate ventilation.

Used with permission from The Gorman-Rupp Company. Copyright
2002, The Gorman-Rupp Company, all rights reserved. For further information,
visit www.gormanrupp.com.

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