Many of our ParkerStore customers, like you, work in applications every day with hydraulics, compressed air and pressurized fluids. Fluids under pressure and systems in motion can be very dangerous and with little regulation and education on how to avoid injury, we become susceptible to more, and unintended consequences:
- Fittings blown off at high speeds
- High-velocity fluid discharge
- Explosion or burning of conveyed fluid
- Contact with suddenly moving or falling objects controlled by conveyed fluid
- Injections by high-pressure fluid discharge
- Dangerously whipping hose
- Contact with toxic, hot or cold conveyed fluids
- Sparking or explosions caused by static electricity buildup
- Sparking or explosions while spraying paint or flammable liquids
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “safety is no accident.” And it is true, safety is a commitment and when dealing with everyday work pressures and stress, especially time constraints, safety can become an afterthought; only dealt with after an accident occurs. Maybe you’re thinking, safety is more on the operator or the mechanic. If you’re just purchasing the hose, what do you really need to consider? Making a hose selection without all the pertinent information can result in a bad choice with high consequences.
The risk is high when making a product selection without all the needed information, and installation is no different. Installing a hose is more than just simply tightening a few metal connections. If not accounted for prior to purchase, improper installation and routing can cause many of the hazards listed above. To learn more about hose installation and routing rules, check out this blog. So how can you, no matter what your job function, help minimize and prevent accidents from happening?
Whether you’re an owner, purchaser, installer, operator or mechanic (or maybe all five), your safety and the safety of your co-workers should be top of mind at each juncture. Your local ParkerStore is committed to helping you maintain safer working conditions when working with hydraulic hoses. Parker SafetyWorks is a collection of short, instructor led training modules that promote awareness and the importance of following proper hydraulic hose and fluid system operating practices to prevent damage and injury.
Let’s have a look at each of the SafetyWorks topics:
Have you ever heard or been a victim of an injection injury? This injury is caused by fluid penetrating the surface of the skin and being injected into the muscle and tissue. It typically has devastating outcomes if not treated immediately. Injection injuries when they first occur, appear to be insignificant, but are classified as a surgical emergency. Without immediate treatment, nearly half of all injection injuries result in amputation. The Injection Injuries module provides the information you need for injury prevention and treatment.
Improper selection, assembly, installation, and maintenance of hose, tubing, fittings, and accessories can cause personal injury, property damage and even death. The Hose Safety training is a complete review of the Parker Safety Guide to help reduce risks associated with fluid systems.
Hydraulic hoses have wire reinforcement and the primary raw material for rubber hose is carbon black. Both of these will conduct electricity and transfer the charge to anything that comes into contact with it, including you.
Electricity in a hydraulic hose is invisible and so is residual pressure. This is pressure that is trapped within a hose when the fluid system is turned off. If you perform maintenance on the equipment, the residual pressure can cause components to move or pressurized fluid to escape unexpectedly. The Hose Conductivity and Residual Pressure module provides the essential information to help you maintain a safe work environment.
Making a selection without having all pertinent information can result in a bad choice with high consequences. Selecting the proper hose is no exception. The S.T.A.M.P. module provides a comprehensive review of key factors to identify before you are purchasing or replacing a hose including:
When you have the right information, you are better prepared to make the right selection, which is critical to system performance and reliability.
Make the commitment today and ask your ParkerStore professional for more information or to schedule SafetyWorks training. Check out the ParkerStore Locator to find the ParkerStore location near you.
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Post contributed by:
Suzanne Favri, digital marketing specialist
Global Distribution & Sales Services, Parker Hannifin
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