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Inspect Hoses and Fittings Frequently

- Jan 06, 2018 -

Since the dangers of hydraulic systems are acute and failure can leave individuals severely injured, it is important to be vigilant when inspecting hoses and fittings. Inspection can reveal possible flaws in advance of a catastrophe, and there is no substitution for taking time to perform these regular, up-close looks.

When inspecting hydraulic hoses and fittings, it is important to be cautious and protect your own well-being. For example, always wear eye protection to guard against a possible release of fluid into the eyes. Other protective measures that should be taken during inspection include wearing gloves and long-sleeve shirts.

Once you begin your inspection, be on the alert for several possible warning signs, including:

  • Bulges - This occurs when the fluid pushes the wall of the hose outward through weak areas.

  • Abrasions - Any type of cut, including deep scrapes, tears and cracks, should be noted as a possible location for a future hose failure.

  • Leaks - Dripping or slow leaks are a sign the fitting is failing or a yet-to-be-identified penetration in the hose has occurred.

  • Softness - Over time, hoses can become soft or sponge-like due to changes in the characteristics of the hose material.

If you locate any of the above problems, there is a strong likelihood the hose and/or fitting will need repair or replacement. At the very least, a professional should be consulted to take a closer look at the hydraulic hose and given the opportunity to evaluate whether it needs replacement.

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