Engineering & Mining Journal

JUN 2018

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POWERED HAULAGE 60 E&MJ • JUNE 2018 COMPANY PROFILE-PAID ADVERTISEMENT Thompson Pump is respected worldwide for its sophisticated heavy-duty lines of high quality, high performance pumps, ranging in size from 2 to 18 inches. Thompson Pump sells and rents their entire line of pumps in the areas of public works, construction, energy, agricul- ture, dewatering, mining, sewer/lift stations, and water/waste water. Types of pumps designed and manufactured by Thompson include wet prime trash pumps; dry prime trash pumps with compressor-assisted or vacuum-assisted priming systems; sound attenuated pumps; utility trash pumps; diaphragm pumps; hydraulic power units with submersible pump heads; rotary, vacuum and piston wellpoint pumps and high pressure solids-handling pumps. With these different types of pumps, as well as a full complement of accessory hoses and piping, Thompson can supply the proper pump and system for almost any application. In addition, Thompson provides engineering services and special applications consulting for complicated wellpoint, bypass or multiple pump system projects; and offers thorough pump and dewatering education and training through its Pumpology ® courses. Thompson Pump, a 48-year old family-owned company based in Port Orange, Florida, USA, is a full-service manufacturer and provider of high quality pumps, pumping equipment and engi- neering expertise for the toughest dewatering, bypass and emergency pumping applications. Since 1970, Thompson Pump has assisted clients worldwide with pump rentals, sales, ser- vice, repair, design, installation and operational support. Thompson Pump operates sales, rental and service centers throughout the United States with 20 branches and depots. The company is also aligned with more than 30 distributors internationally. Thompson Pump is a Blue Chip Enterprise Award winner and their products meet the requirements for certification as defined by the Contractors Pump Bureau. Thompson Pump holds numerous product patents along with the registered trademarks of Enviroprime System ® , Silent Knight ® , Arctic Knight ® and Pumpology ® . The company achieved ISO 9001-2015 quality certification for their Port Orange manu- facturing facility. Thompson Pump is one of only a very few pump companies to have obtained ISO 9001-2015 certification. The globally recognized certification was granted following independent testing and assessment of the company's quality management systems and manufacturing capabilities. It is common to see Thompson's pumps on some of the largest and most challenging projects in the world. Whether the job requires cleaning up an oil spill in Alaska or the Gulf of Mexico, dewatering a construction site for a nuclear power plant in Georgia, widening the Panama Canal, raising a submarine in the Atlantic, moving an east coast lighthouse, fighting western fires, controlling floods in the Midwest, handling an irrigation project in Africa or dealing with a tragic disaster in New York, Thompson Pump is there. For more information, call (800) 767-7310 or visit Trainor summarized the typical dis- tractions, including: • Device usage, whether talking, texting, or browsing the internet; • Talking to vehicle passengers; • Eating or drinking; • CB communication; • Watching videos; and • Changing a radio station, CDs, MP3s or digital music device found. With CB communication systems, operators will change the channels for a private conversation and then forget to switch the system back to the proper channel. "Videos are becoming more of a problem," Trainor said. "While many mines do not have very good coverage, employees can download programs to their devices. Just because there is no coverage, you can't assume the miners are not using their devices. Maybe it's time to remind operators that they need to put the phones away when they are working." Several participants mentioned ways to deal with blind spots or make small vehicles more visible, such as flashing lights, flags, making eye contact with the driver, as well as clearly communi- cating with the driver of the haul truck through hand signals or the radio. One inspector, who had previously operated haul trucks, said every time the mine had a new person driving a small vehicle on the site, they would put them in the cab of the haul truck and show them the blind spots. They would then have a feel for the blind spots. Seat Belt Usage Juliette Hill, accident investigation pro- gram manager for MSHA's Technical

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