Track tensioning incident

THE FOREST INDUSTRY STANDARD

Track tensioning incident

Do not refit/reuse hydraulic components that have detached from the hydraulic system under pressure. 

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An operative died from hydraulic injury sustained whilst tensioning the track of an item of construction plant (this would be applicable to a lot of forestry plant too).  The grease nipple became detached from the track adjustment mechanism permitting the release of grease under high pressure. 

This alert reminds those involved in the adjustment and maintenance of hydraulic machinery of the potential for such injury during this type of work.