Health and Safety Alert - Maintenance activities
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have issued a safety alert following the death of a maintenance fitter who was undertaking a track tensioning activity on a tracked machine chassis.
The fitter died from a hydraulic injection injury sustained whilst tensioning the track of a piling rig using a hand-operated grease gun. The grease nipple became detached from the track mechanism which permitting the grease (under significant stored energy) to release, injecting the fitter.
This alert reminds those involved in the adjustment and maintenance of hydraulic equipment and components of the potential for such an injury during this type of work and advises that hydraulic components which have become detached from a hydraulic system under pressure must not be reused.
More information providing further details of the incident and actions that need to be taken to prevent future reoccurences can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/track-tensioning.htm