Compressor & Hose Safety
Compressor and hose safety
Compressor and air hose safety series
PART 1: RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH COMPRESSORS AND AIR HOSES
Compressors and boosters are an indispensable part of the drilling industry. Compressed air is used to drive downhole hammers and is typically reticulated through flexible hoses to operate some sort of hand held tool. Each one of these components, the compressor, the air hose and the tool represent potentially fatal hazards if not correctly specified, installed and maintained.
In this important Technical Series, we will examine the hazards associated with compressors, high pressure air hoses as well as the use of compressed air. Two articles are written by Ian Speer of Speer Compression Systems.
Written by Ian Speer - read more about some of the safety issues you could face and how to address them.
Written by Ian Speer - read about some of the safest ways to achieve lowest hose costs while minimising the operating risks to personnel, plant and the environment.
High pressure air is a potentially lethal hazard - read about the most effective restraints.
A terrifying look at the effects of using a whip check versus a hose sock. The difference could be a life.
CCTV cameras caught an unbelievable compressor explosion.
Part 2: Air hose restraints
A failed air hose recoils at substantial velocity and force. In this article we estimate the force exerted by the failed air hose.
It is essential that hose socks have sufficient strength to withstand the very large forces that are exerted when an air hose or fitting fails. In this article, we examine the factors of safety of hose socks.
To be effective, hose socks must be correctly sized and fitted. In this article, we discuss a simple way to ensure that the sock is correctly sized.
A video by American Iron Works detailing the correct fitting procedure of hose socks.