Hopespare Hydraulic and Pneumatic Blog - Dangers of Failed Hydraulic Hose
When not properly maintained, any hose used in a hydraulic system or connected to a pressure
source is a potential danger.
• Fluid Injections - Fine streams of pressurized fluid escaping from a damaged hose can
enter the body and cause tissue damage. Remember, hydraulic fluid is TOXIC!
• Whipping Hoses - Whip action of hose ends after hose separates can strike a person with
• Fluid Burns - Fluid escaping from a damaged hose can burn skin even without igniting.
• Fires and Explosions - Escaping fluid exposed to a source of ignition may burn or
explode. Guard hoses from exposure to ignition sources.
• Electrical Shock - Hoses can contain conductive reinforcement material or conductive
fluid. Avoid routing near electrical equipment.
• Mechanical failure - Machinery driven or supported by hydraulics can move
unexpectedly when a hose supplying that machine fails and results in loss of hydraulic
Make sure you inspect hoses regularly for:
• Exposed reinforcement wires
• Damaged or corroded fittings
• Excessive dirt or grease build up
• Missing guards, shields, and clamp