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Pipe Tek enforces safety of pressurised hoses

The company’s general manager Taddam Farrant details the do’s and don’ts of working with pressure, and provides a comprehensive guide to using whip checks and socks.

In the video, Farrant explains the importance of using whip checks and socks to ensure that pressurised hoses are securely fitted. In the event that a hose does get disconnected, these devices will ensure that it cannot travel far.

According to Farrant, before using a whip check or sock, it is important to ensure they are “in good working order”. This means “no wear marks, no rust, the crimp on the end moves freely, and the spring moves freely”. It’s also essential for workers to check that there are no cracked or broken wires before fitting a whip check or sock.

Pressurised hoses are a serious workplace hazard; if a hose disconnects, it will flail uncontrollably until the system is depressurised. This can happen to hoses if they are are poorly designed or installed, used inappropriately, or if they have undergone physical damage like corrosion.

The erratic movements of a disconnected hose pose a serious risk of injury to anyone within range. Workers can be struck by the hose, sprayed with its contents, and/or have their hearing damaged by the sudden noise.

“Be diligent around the hoses and around the testing and around any pressure,” Farrant advises. “If you’re in your crew, do it together.”

Workers are also encouraged to refer to your safe work methods statements and risk assessments for further information.

Check out the video here.

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