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:
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.