"Risks Associated With Pressurised Hydraulic Hoses"
By Barry Catanach
Pressurised hydraulic systems have the potential for safety risks. A hydraulic hose failure can result in fluids escaping under high pressure. Workers or bystanders could be exposed to this hazard.
The common injuries from high pressure hoses are:
- high velocity fluid injections
- burns from exposure to fluids
- bodily injury by whipping hoses - lacerations, etc.
A pinhole leak poses an extremely unsafe and dangerous situation. The pressurised fluid will travel at a very high velocity in the form of a mist or fluid stream. This is hard to detect by the naked eye. The high velocity stream can pierce the human skin.