How Should You Mitigate These 5 Hose Hazards?

Hoses can be a significant hazard in processing plants, industrial facilities, and in hydraulic applications. They must be properly maintained, stored, and inspected to mitigate the risk of operator injury. Here are 5 hose hazards to look for if operating a hose in various industrial sectors:

Whipping hose – Hose whipping occurs when a pressurized hose breaks free from its fitting or connection point and whips around violently. This can cause damage to nearby equipment or injury to operators.

Cross contamination – The use of dirty hoses can cause contamination of process equipment, product contamination and dangerous chemical reactions.

Corrosion – Corrosion of metal hoses can lead to leaks and emittance of toxic gases and chemicals.

Blocked hoses – Hoses blocked with a solid martial can become pressurized and burst sending the solid material into the environment.

Injection injuries – A high-pressure injection injury is an injury caused by high-pressure injection of oil, grease, diesel fuel, gasoline, solvents, water, or even air, into the body. This injury can be cause by a rupture in a hydraulic hose.

To learn more about these hazards and many other hose safety related topics, join us at the Hose + Coupling World Americas Conference & Expo 2020 on December 7th and 8th, 2020 at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria, located in Houston, TX.