Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has produced a new guide to assist workers and businesses work safely with hydraulics.
The guide will help people in the transport, construction, farming, manufacturing and amusement ride industries. Drivers of tractors, cranes, trucks and earthmoving plant will find the guide useful.
“The potential energy in hydraulic equipment can be extremely high as it is used to shift and support large loads,” Workplace Health and Safety Queensland said in a statement. “Serious crush injuries can result from normal movement of the hydraulic equipment, and when the hydraulic systems fail, falling loads or unexpected moving parts are the big dangers. Plant arms or equipment can cause injury through rapid movement or slow movement without the worker being aware of the danger.”
The guide, Hydraulics Safety includes some examples of practical risk control solutions from actual incidents, which can be used manage hazards associated with hydraulics.
It also includes a breakdown of potential hazards, their contributing factors and viable solutions for every workplace.
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