How to work safely with hydraulics? Most of the public consider hydraulics as an unsafe industry that put the worker's life at risk. But, the truth is, hydraulic accidents are caused as a result of improper handling of the hydraulic system without proper safety measures. In any hydraulic company that works on the basis of safety guidelines, the risk of hydraulic accidents will be reduced. Also, if you have concerns regarding the toxicity of hydraulic fluid, then I must say that most of the normally used hydraulic fluids contain only a small quantity of toxic substances. Hydraulic fluid poisoning will occur only if the worker intakes a large quantity of such fluids. This doesn’t mean that all the hydraulic fluids we use are less toxic, there are also some hydraulic fluids that are extremely harmful to the surrounding. In such cases, the workers need to wear proper safety measures like high-quality gloves, masks, eyewear, etc... and also should keep the workplace clean.
Injection, ingestion, and inhalation are the three common reasons for hydraulic fluid dangers. Among these hydraulic injection injuries are a common reason for hydraulic safety hazards. So, this article has included details related to hydraulic injection injuries that are happening at workplaces.
Hydraulic injection injuries mean the dangers caused by the contact of hydraulic fluids. That is, The aftereffects of these hydraulic fluid injections will vary based on the type of fluid, contacted area, the temperature of fluid, etc…
Most of the mineral oils are not harmful comparing it with synthetic oils. So, the contact of non-pressurized hydraulic fluids for a short period doesn’t create any problems. But, prolonged contact of non-pressurized hydraulic fluids can become a reason for allergies, irritation, redness, dermatitis, eczema and in some cases cause skin cancer. Contact of synthetic hydraulic fluids, containing a high quantity of chemicals will definitely cause allergic reactions to workers.
Based on the contacted area, the worst case of hydraulic injection injury occurs when the pressurized hydraulic fluid get contacted with workers eye. This can create permanent damage to eyes if proper medical treatment is not provided instantly.
One can imagine the dangers that result when water at a temperature of 100°C falls on your skin. The effects will be much more complicated than water when pressurized hydraulic fluid at higher temperature falls on your skin. Severe wounds and burns will occur that takes a long time to recover from. Also in extreme cases, this can be a reason for the loss of life.
Injection injuries don’t create any problem immediately. Initially, the worker will feel like a bee sting or a wire prick. Then, gradually the wound or burn will become severe. So, whenever you feel like fluid has penetrated into your skin, then immediately clean the surface and contact the help of a doctor.
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How does Hydraulic Injection Injury Occur?
The main reasons for hydraulic injection injury are an unsafe working environment and lack of safety knowledge in workers. Some of the common reasons are mentioned below:
- Damaged hydraulic seals
- Maintenance on pressurized hydraulic systems
- External leakages
- Overheated hydraulic system
- Mistakes while assembling the hydraulic system
- Lack of system maintenance, and more
How to Prevent Hydraulic Injection Injuries?
Hydraulic injection injuries can be eliminated if proper hydraulic safety training is provided for workers. Also, usage of safety clothing, eyewear, hydraulic injection gloves, etc… protect the workers. Some tips to avoid these injuries are listed below.
- Do not inspect hydraulic system leakages with your hands
- Do not perform the maintenance work under pressurized condition.
- Do not work with hydraulic systems without taking safety measures
- Examine the system during regular intervals.
Refer to Hydraulic Online Safety Courses to select a suitable course for your team.