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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.

Hazards include: 

• 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

deadly force. 

• 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 pressure.

Make sure you inspect hoses regularly for:

• Exposed reinforcement wires 

• Leaks 

• Damaged or corroded fittings 

• Excessive dirt or grease build-up 

• Missing guards, shields, and clamp