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Potential Danger of Working with Pressurized Hoses

Graham Marshall - Monday, January 14, 2013

Enclosed here is an excellent Safety Alert from the Marine Safety Forum which highlights the all-to-common situation in which an experienced work crew is performing a "routine task" and something goes wrong.

In the example shown, an Able-bodied Seaman is struck by a whipping hose which came apart when it was inadvertently pressurized.  Thankfully, the sea farer suffered relatively minor injuries compared to what could have been a very serious incident had he been struck about the head.

The safety alert should prompt all work crews everywhere to not consider "routine" jobs to be low-risk just because they've been performed often and incident free in the past.

Whenever a job involves hazards, there is always the potential for harm if we don't keep our whits about us.

 Perhaps Supervisors could re-inforce this message with a good tool-box talk today!


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