Do you or your team of employees work with hydraulics on the daily (or even just from time to time)? Hydraulics can be a very useful thing. However, you’re probably aware that when things go wrong with hydraulics, it can get very scary very quickly. That’s why companies involving hydraulics make safety the absolute top priority.
Safety First – But Why?
Safety first is, and should never be, a question. The same goes with hydraulics.
Hydraulic safety is vital as it can trigger nothing short of a disaster if the system happens to fail. Burns from the high pressure of hot liquid shooting out, broken limbs from slipping on leaking fluid, or damage to equipment or other nearby objects can all occur if a hydraulics system is not adequately carried out. In serious cases, hydraulic failure can even lead to damage of a building or the death of an employee.
Tips to Operate Hydraulics Safely
Yes, like all systems can, hydraulics has the potential to ignite danger. However, there are still ways to operate such a system in a safe manner.
When working with hydraulics, it’s critical to keep the following tips in mind to improve safety as much as humanly possible:
- Make sure to select the right hose and fittings.
- Before utilizing a hydraulics system, always ensure the hose isn’t worn and that the fittings are adequately attached.
- Make sure you have a set of rules and warnings to ensure your employees are well-informed on hydraulics safety.
- Create an emergency plan in case something happens to go wrong during operation.
- While a hydraulic hose is under pressure, never grab or tug on it.
- If a line needs work, wait until the system has been turned off and the pressure has been alleviated.
- If you suspect a leak, refrain from using your hands or any other part on your body to try to find the leak.
- Never utilize old or worn out assemblies – under no circumstances.
Call ASJ Hose & Fittings to See How We Can Help Make Your Workplace Safer
Besides the latter tips, it’s also important for users of hydraulic systems to ensure their equipment is replaced in a timely manner. Older hydraulic hoses alone can set you up for possible system failure and lead to serious consequences that are irreversible.
ASJ Hose & Fittings would love to help you find safe, reliable hydraulics hoses and assemblies to make your operation of hydraulics safe and sound.
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