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A motion-less actuator does not confirm a hydraulic system is energy-less
Question:  I have a fleet of refuse trucks. The trash compactors are powered by a hydraulic system. My mechanics have to get inside the compactors to perform cleanup, maintenance and repair work. They also have to perform service and repair work on the vehi...
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Stimson accident is just another example of how out of touch State and Federal Safety agencies are when it comes matters related to hydraulic safety
My blog is about an accident that occurred at a lumber mill in Oregon. I suggest you read the newspaper article below before reading my blog. The regrettable accident at the Stimson Lumber Mill, is another example of just how out of touch State and Federal ...
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UNTRAINED worker almost kills himself and others when he made a terrible mistake while attempting to disassemble a large hydraulic cylinder by trial-and error
The UNTRAINED worker was given a cylinder to disassemble. After all, it’s only a cylinder surely there is no need for training. Moreover, he had done the job a few times before. The cylinder had been dropped off for repair because it apparently showed sympt...
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Untrained worker makes error that causes friend and colleague severe disability
What is a colostomy? Colostomy is a surgical procedure that brings one end of the large intestine out through an opening (stoma) made in the abdominal wall. Stools moving through the intestine drain through the stoma into a bag attached to the abdomen. How ...
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Four cases of high-pressure injection injuries prove hydraulic safety training is not just for people who work directly with hydraulic systems
Source: OrthopaedicOne http://www.orthopaedicsone.com/display/Cases/Four+Cases+of+High-Pressure+Injection+Injury+of+the+Hand Four Cases of High-Pressure Injection Injury of the Hand   Presentation Case 1   A 44-year-old male utility worker sustained a high-...
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Working on hydraulic systems without safety training? You're playing Russian roulette with "liquid-bullets."
This accident was reported in The Star newspaper in England on June 11, 2013 A brave father has defied doctors to survive a horrific mining accident which blasted hydraulic fluid into his body. The dramatic rescue of Richard Hodgkinson features on BBC1 show...
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Capitalism at its worst: profit at any cost! I am sure my followers will notice that I capitalize and make bold the word " UNTRAINED " whenever I use it my blogs. The reason for this will become abundantly clear to you as you read my blogs because more than...
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UNTRAINED field-service mechanic almost kills himself when cylinder rod on large excavator is ejected while he was sitting on top of the boom trying to remove the cylinder.
Preface:  The giant field-service trucks mechanics use to aid in servicing, repairing and maintaining   construction and mining equipment make the mechanics that drive them appear to be highly qualified in every facet of the equipment i.e., engines, transmi...
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Another untrained worker, this time a millwright, makes an error while tightening the connector on a wafer-board manufacturing press that causes him to lose his leg
The victim: A competent millwright with no formal training in hydraulics, and absolutely no training in hydraulic safety. Type of machine: A wafer-board manufacturing machine. The problem with the hydraulic system: A minor oil leak from a steel tube connect...
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UNTRAINED mechanic almost kills himself and a colleague when the hydraulic cylinder he was repairing unexpectedly explodes
Machine: Large excavator Problem: Machine was equipped with dual boom lift cylinders. Cylinders were equipped with load-locking valves. Load locking on one cylinder failed causing the cylinder to hydrolock. Mechanic’s assignment: Mechanic was told to repair...
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