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Hydraulic injection injury

Hydraulic injection can be defined as the puncturing of the epidermis by a jet of a fluid under pressure. Hydraulic injection injury is the term used to describe an injury sustained by an individual following an injection of fluid, usually while operating or inspecting pressurised hydraulic equipment. While reported instances of injury through hydraulic injection are comparatively uncommon in the UK, the risk of injury through hydraulic injection is common to all hydraulic equipment irrespective of the system volume and can occur at relatively low pressures. This report and the experimental work it describes offers an explanation of the injury mechanism and the current understanding of medical prognosis of injured parties upon sustaining an injury of this type.

High speed video footage of simulated hydraulic injection injuries was captured in order to illustrate the nature of injuries of this type. This footage will be made available to the public through various industry bodies in 2013.

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr976.pdf


Analysis of forklift accident trends within Victorian industry (Australia)

This paper analyses the frequency of forklift related fatalities and injuries within the Victorian state of Australia for the time period 2000–2012. Forklift accidents leading to injury were finely categorised to better understand the occurrence of specific accident types. Forklift fatalities were detailed on a case by case basis and comments were given as to the prevalence of certain accident types. The results from our study were compared with a similar study performed some two decades ago (involving Victorian industry) to see what variations have occurred over time. In order to give validity to this comparison, sensitivities to industrial expansion and the greater adoption of Just in Time (JIT) manufacturing procedures was considered. We also considered the impacts of industrial expansion with regards to the data obtained for our current study (2000–2012). This paper highlights the positive impacts safety initiatives have had in reducing forklift related accidents in Victorian industry. Recommendations are finally given as to how further improvements could be made which will also have relevance to the wider globe in general.

Source : Stephen Saric, Alireza Bab-Hadiashar, Reza Hoseinnezhad, Ian Hocking, Analysis of forklift accident trends within Victorian industry (Australia), Safety Science, Vol. 60, Dec. 2013, p. 176-184, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2013.07.017.

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