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Pressure gun happy

Published 1st October, 2019 by Neil Nixon

Pressure gun happy

90% of injuries involved in using high pressure water blasters are generated by hose or gun failure. Australian Pump’s experience indicates that many pressure cleaner operators, professional and even semi-professional, continue to use high pressure guns which are leaking, worn or broken.

“Safety alerts from the industry, both here and abroad, are quite consistent,” said Aussie Pumps operations manager, Hamish Lorenz. “We see operators using hoses that are years old, often badly abraded with the wire showing through the rubber sheath. We notice hose to gun couplings that are worn and potentially dangerous.”

The new Australian and New Zealand safety standards for pressure cleaners cover a series of rules about the safe use of pressure cleaners. They include instructions for operators to continually check accessories for leaks or wear and to replace as required before their use by date.

To counteract the use of unsafe guns, Aussie Pumps has launched a ‘Pro Gun’ programme. The company has paired 5800 psi rated guns with either 900 or 1200mm stainless steel lances and nozzles, designed to fit most professional cleaning applications. Through a massive build programme, it has been able to pull costs down and bring prices down substantially.

“Aussie’s gun and hose programmes are a breakthrough for the industry, pulling prices down substantially to encourage users to replace bad hoses or guns promptly,” continued Lorenz. “Persisting to use worn and leaking accessories is dangerous.”

Free copies of Aussies Pro Operator Safety Guide are available online:

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