Hydraulic machinery is utilized across various industries. This technology allows work that would previously have been done by hand to be carried out much more efficiently.
Unfortunately, hydraulic systems do not come without risks and if something goes wrong the resulting injuries can be serious. Outlined below are a few safety tips to bear in mind when working with hydraulic systems.
Don’t ignore leaks
Hydraulic systems are largely powered by fluids that help to generate the required energy. Hoses and pipes should be able to carry these fluids without any leaks. If you spot fluid on the floor or on a component of the machinery, it could be a sign that something is amiss. If you continue to operate the equipment, you could be at risk of injury from the hazardous fluids or unexpected release of immense pressure.
Use safety mechanisms
After discovering a leak in the hydraulics, you may be tasked with carrying out repairs. If this is the case, you need to ensure that all safety mechanisms have been put in place. Generally, modern equipment can be fully shut down so there is no risk of it being accidentally turned on and hurting someone. It’s important to use these mechanisms whilst carrying out the necessary repairs.
PPE is essential
Due to the potentially dangerous nature of hydraulics, it’s essential to wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This means covering your eyes with safety glasses, as well as wearing gloves and overalls that offer protection to the rest of your body.
Hydraulics can make your job much easier but it’s important to keep the potential risks in mind. If you have been injured on the job, legal compensation may help to minimize some of the financial costs of being out of work while you recover.