Sharing hydraulic safety knowledge
/ HYDRAULICS MAKE THE MODERN WORLD MOVE – FROM DRIVING INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT TO MOVING YOUR DENTIST’S CHAIR UP AND DOWN. BUT DESPITE THE ALMOST UNIVERSAL APPLICATION OF THE TECHNOLOGY, UNDERSTANDING OF SAFE HYDRAULIC WORKING PRACTICES IS NOT WIDESPREAD AMONGST ENGINEERS. TO HELP REDUCE THE NUMBER OF INJURIES, ERIKS SHARES ITS KNOWLEDGE WITH CUSTOMERS.
A course in the safe installation and mainte nance of hydraulic chose assemblies has been running for a number of years at ERIKS UK with great success. The example inspired ERIKS and trade organization FEDA to launch the course in the Netherlands, where on average five serious incidents are reported every year. The course is available to any company working with hydraulics.
In the one-day course, ERIKS products are used for demonstration purposes. However, what participants learn about working safely with hydraulics is not limited to ERIKS’ products, and leave at the end of the day with an industry-recognized FEDA certificate.
The course is aimed at raising awareness of safety
THE FORCES AT WORK
ERIKS product specialists explain: “It starts with having a basic under standing of the materials you’re working with. This is why we spend a lot of time investigating the different types of hoses and fittings during the course: how to use them and, more importantly, how not to use them! It’s a serious business: the forces at work within hydraulic engineering are capable of exerting great power to manipulate materials in many aggressive applications. Since engineers are often in close proximity to these forces, they must take great care to protect themselves from severe injury.”
The course is aimed at raising awareness of safety and of the need for greater professionalism. ERIKS, and many other reputable companies in the field in the Netherlands, believe this will benefit everyone involved in the industry.
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