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Danger of hydraulic Oil Injection Injuries

  
  

Hydraulic Oil Injection Injury

A hydraulic fluid injection is perhaps the most dangerous injury that can result from a hydraulic hose failure. One reason is that it can appear benign at the beginning so it often gets dismissed as not urgent and medical care is postponed. Another reason is that injected hydraulic oils are highly toxic - so in addition to a physical cut or stab, they literally poison you.

The most important things to remember: NEVER touch a pressurized hose with your hand and if you suspect an injection injury has occured, get to an emergency room right away!

Hydraulic Oil Injection Injury

Take a materials safety data sheet (MSDS) of the injected liquid with you to the emergency room. Inform the medical staff that you have suffered hydraulic oil injection injury when you arrive. Have someone find out as much as possible about the hydraulic system pressure and estimated velocity of the pinhole leak that caused the injury and report the findings to the medical staff.

The longer the period of time before treatment, the more risk you are taking on. At first, injections may feel like a bee sting or wire prick and the entry area may look like just a pin prick. Do not let this fool you. The size of the entry wound is a poor indicator of the seriousness of the injury. What looks like a simple puncture wound is in fact life threatening. The area around the injury typically turns red and swells within a couple of hours. Throbbing and numbness follow. If left untreated, the injury can lead to amputation and even death.

Hydraulic Oil Injection InjuryIf you suspect an injection injury has occurred, seek medical attention immediately. Read a real life story of one of our customers who did not think his injection injury was serious.

If you are still not convinced, learn more about injection injuries at http://www.fluidpowersafety.com/index.html. Fluid Power Safety Institute offers safety seminars and workshops and sells hydraulic safety videos. We relied on their expertise as well as ours to get the facts for this blog.

 

 

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Comments

I am having trouble typing due to an injection injury to my right index finger.  
Due to Parker safety training, I knew that this type o injury is dangerous but could not convince medical personnel at the hospital. The diagnosis was "Figer pain and swelling with Laceration" They Were going to put a band aid on my finger and send me home 
I was lucky. By sheer coincidence there was a hand specialist performing surgery at the hospital. Dr. Freeman came to evaluate my injury and declared it a dire emergency. I was in surgery in a couple of hours. 
I could have lost my index finger or even my hand. Any business that deals with pressurized fluids needs to have readily available documentation that will convince medical personnel of the critical nature of injection injuries. This documentation should be presented to the ER staff on arrival of the accident victim.
Posted @ Tuesday, June 26, 2012 8:11 AM by Phillip C. O'Dell
Phillip, thank you for your comment. You bring up a good point. I am going to put together a document and put it on our website. 
- Marek
Posted @ Tuesday, June 26, 2012 10:14 AM by Marek Bobik
By the way, I work for Controlled Motion Solutions (COMOSO), a major West coast Parker affiliate. Please see that they receive this document.
Posted @ Tuesday, June 26, 2012 11:05 AM by Phillip C. O'Dell
I found a Parker safety document titled 
Injection Injury: 
Planning and Prevention 
by Gary Kleiner and Doug Honig 
One topic discussed is pre printed wallet cards that are available from Parker. I tried to send a link to this article to my employer but the link did not work.
Posted @ Sunday, July 01, 2012 1:11 PM by Phillip C. O'Dell
Woooaah, that's really scary.. I can't even look at the picture. You should always take good care of your health.
Posted @ Monday, August 12, 2013 1:49 AM by health insurance visit website
Its really danger.... people plz taker care of your health.
Posted @ Thursday, October 03, 2013 6:53 AM by Sharps Disposal
now of course I do agree with you.. This is much more amazing. 
thanks, how to get over your fear of the dentist
Posted @ Wednesday, October 23, 2013 4:30 AM by Melanie
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Posted @ Wednesday, October 23, 2013 2:36 PM by b
Nice read! I like the suggestions.
Posted @ Tuesday, December 31, 2013 1:52 AM by Daniel
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