One of the most dangerous situations for hydraulic equipment is a hose burst. A hose burst could be a pinhole leak or a full hose burst, in either situation, the operator is in very high danger. Not only is the operator at risk for injury, but so is the equipment. Hose failures can be regulated with maintenance checks, but that doesn’t guarantee a hose assembly won’t fail. Investing in the right products can protect equipment, lower costs, and ensure operator safety.
How do hoses fail?
Hydraulic hoses fail for a number of reasons, most involving working conditions. Being aware of the following causes of failure is the first step in preventing catastrophe:
To prevent these issues, all hydraulic hoses should be suitably positioned, supported, and given physical protection.
Hydraulic equipment operates at very high pressures, often at 3,000 PSI and higher. Even equipment that operate as little as 100 PSI can puncture human skin and cause serious damage. A hydraulic fluid injection often seems minor, and the injured person may only feel a slight prick, but the internal damage can be severe. The injection goes deep under the skin into the blood stream, muscles, and tendons. Once the skin is injected, and within a short period of time, the wound may begin to painfully throb and burn on the inside of the skin. Since the fluid from the broken assembly is hot and highly pressurized, a medical doctor must remove the fluid within a few hours after injection. If left untreated, the injury could result in amputation or death, since the human body has no defense against it. The picture below is the result of an untreated oil injection.
How to Prepare for Hose Failure
Python Protective Sleeve + Covers offers a revolutionary hose sleeve to keep your workers and equipment safe from hose bursts. The Diamondback PRO is pinhole tested to 4,000PSI and burst protection tested to 12,000PSI, so if a hose were to break, the sleeve will hold the fluid inside, so no one gets injured.
This sleeve is constructed using proprietary engineered fiber, woven tightly and is heat-treated, which shrinks the sleeve to the finished dimension while reducing oil spillage. The Diamondback Pro sleeve reduces sleeve installation by up to 80%, and is 50% less bulky than Cordura. Hose failures can create an extreme amount of damage whether it’s towards operators or equipment. Hoses and equipment can always be replaced, but equipment operators cannot. Make sure to take safety precautions and use protective sleeves to prevent damages.
Contact Python Covers for more information. To purchase the Diamondback Sleeve, as well as other Python products, contact your local distributor.