Some essential precautions necessary for the safe operation of hydraulic systems are enlisted below.
- Design and build hydraulic systems with safety in mind,
- Select hydraulic components and fluid conductors that are rated for the highest system working pressure,
- Position valves, safety guards, and controls with the operator’s safety in mind,
- Know the hazards involved in a hydraulic system,
- Take adequate safety measures for avoiding fire hazards,
- Follow good maintenance and safety practices,
- Ensure that the prime mover has been locked out and tagged,
- Make daily inspections for finding damaged hose, bent tubing, and leaks,
- Ensure that all connections to the hose assembly are tight, and components and conductors are secured,
- Depressurize any pressure chamber, such as the accumulator, while opening any hydraulic component,
- Use a piece of cardboard or similar thing to search for leaks and reduce the chances of injury, and
- Avoid prolonged or repeated contact with the hydraulic fluid with the skin.
Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Safety of Hydraulic Systems
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