LifeGuard Line-of-Sight Sleeving System addresses the problem of hydraulic incidents in the Longwall industry.
CMS insurance over the past eight years have recorded hydraulic incidents in the Longwall Industry, a staggering 62% have been caused by hose and/or fitting failure and resulted in 159 injuries – averaging about 20 per year. A high force leak has the power to pierce the skin and can, in some cases, result in death.
“Pin-hole sized leaks in a hose or pipe will cause a very fine jet of fluid that may be undetectable as a jet, as it's not always noisy and not always wet, such as air. The very fine jet at high pressure will act like a hypodermic needle that may penetrate the skin, depositing some of the fluid. If a person is close to the leak or attempting to find a leak by hand, then there's a possibility of an injury," a Queensland Department of Mines and Energy spokesperson said.
Awareness needs to be continually raised of the risk posed by a fine, high pressure jet of fluid and specifically needing to be warned not to search for the fine pinhole leak by hand. Equipment operators working within a one metre line-of-sight of a hydraulic system the risks can be surmountable:
- Personal injury
- Fluid burns and injection
- Fires and explosions
- Electrical shock and mechanical failure.
Beyond peak performance, Gates hydraulic systems offer you safety. The LifeGuard Line-of-Sight Sleeving System is the first true protection in line-of-sight hydraulic applications.
LifeGuard Line-of-Sight Sleeving System contains 6,000 psi bursts and 3,000 psi pinhole leaks at 100°C for up to five minutes. After redirecting the explosive force down the length of the hose, the LifeGuard Line-of-Sight Sleeving System disperses the energy and fluids at the hose ends via carefully designed “channel” clamps. The leaked fluid then allows for fast hose failure detection. The double-layer sleeve effectively shields you against these hazards.
No other flexible connection safeguards your operators, equipment and environment like Gates LifeGuard Line-of-Sight Sleeving System.
Download the white paper to learn how the sleeve absorbs the energy of 6,000 psi bursts and 3,000 psi pinhole leaks at 100°C for up to five minutes, as the outer sleeve redirects fluid to clamped ends.