What Is Hydraulics?
Hydraulics is a means of transmitting power by the use of confined fluids. Hydraulics is part of the fluid power family that deal with the mechanical properties of fluids used to multiply force and modify motion. The use of hydraulics range throughout all industries and can be seen in construction, manufacturing, mining, marine, agriculture, forestry, and aviation. Without safety based knowledge of hydraulics, the nature of volume under pressure can be potentially dangerous.
What Are The Risks?
Hydraulics and electricity are both forms of transmitting energy and most often hydraulics are described as being comparable to electricity. Hydraulics, much like electricity, should be respected. However, the safety standards greatly differ. People are exposed to both hydraulic and electrical conduits, but in comparison, electricity is less likely to burst out of an electrical conduit and potentially cause injuries like burns, fluid injections, physical impact, loss of supporting loads, potential fatalities, and environmental damage.
Hydraulic operated equipment is used in all industry sectors and most personnel are unaware of the associated hazards. Related injuries include soft tissue injury or crushing, fractures, dislocations, lacerations or skin punctures, amputation, burns and fluid injection. Not only has injury and death occurred, hydraulics have caused environmental damage and property/equipment loss.
Investment in safety
Investing time in hydraulic safety training is a vital part in capturing long-term success. Knowledge not only supports safe practices but increase worker productivity and reduces the likelihood that you’ll have to pay work accident claims including hefty fines. Personnel recognize they are valued when they’re safety is part of the investment taken to grow successfully. The ripple effect caused by an incident slows down and in many cases halts production and lowers confidence of the entire organisation. Less output reduces a business’s potential to bring in revenue. Investing financially in hydraulic safety training saves money.
Levitt-Safety | EHS Training & Consulting service offers a suite of consulting and training designed to minimize your risk when working with hydraulics. Contact us today for more information, or explore the links on the right.