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Hydraulic injection injuries

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published the following safety bulletin regarding an incident in which someone died as a result of a hydraulic injection injury sustained whilst tensioning the track of a piling rig. A grease nipple became detached from the track mechanism permitting the release of grease under high pressure.

As this issue of has been raised as an IMCA Safety Flash on a number of occasions, we have passed on this alert as a reminder of the potential for such injury when working on any hydraulic machinery or indeed any machinery at all involving high pressure fluids (oils, grease or water) or even compressed air.

The safety bulletin, including further information can be downloaded from

Members may wish to review the following similar incidents (key word: injection):

Safety Event

Published: 31 October 2014
Download: IMCA SF 17/14

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