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Pressurized air hose couplings

Graham Marshall - Friday, May 24, 2013

Pressurized air hose couplings which are incorrectly assembled without either a safety pin to secure the fitting or without extending the hose restraint pose a significant risk of a high velocity kinetic energy release. 

Air hose coupling failures have caused a number of serious incidents resulting in injury and fatalities.

Incorrect assembly of air hoses presents a risk not only to the person operating the equipment, but to others in the vicinity.

Equipment operators and supervisors of work activities should review their practices for the use of pneumatic tools, hoses and couplings.

It is important that members of the workforce who use this type of equipment, and those responsible for their supervision, have had the relevant training before work starts.

A JSA for use with pneumatic tools is available for purchase here.
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