Hose Handling Guide – Minimum Standards For Driver Training to Reduce Hose Handling Injury Exposures

Hose Handling Injuries

Injuries related to handling hoses are not as common/frequent as other tanker driver and task wash worker injuries but preventing them should be part of your safety efforts and programs.

Injuries include:

  • Strains while pulling, lifting, carrying or positioning hoses
  • Tripping over hoses when walking with them or connecting and disconnecting
  • Falls while climbing on tractors to handle or secure hoses

Exposure to hose handling injuries varies significantly between company operations, types of equipment, hose tube or rack configurations and customer facilities and operations. Each company should conduct a risk assessment to identify exposures and develop control strategies.

Task Performance Issues

  • Have proper footwear that is in good condition and clean
  • Be trained on the equipment and tasks to be performed
  • Inspect the area and equipment prior to starting the task
  • Have and use PPE per company policy and site rules
  • Become familiar with the area where you will work and identify hazards such as holes and obstructions that could contribute to falls
  • Use proper attire to reduce potential for injuries (slip resistant gloves, high visibility clothes when working in yards or around moving motor vehicles and task specific protection as needed based on cargo)

Hose Storage

Hose storage location and securement will vary based on the product and trailer design. Handling techniques will have some variations but some common features.

Understand the Product being Transferred

A wide range of products are hauled in tankers and can have limited hazards or significant hazards. Weights and temperatures will vary and understanding what you are hauling and it’s properties is essential. Hoses which are not handled with care can cause contents to spill. This can have limited issues like when hauling swimming pool water to significant hazards when hauling chemicals or products with elevated or low temperatures.

Body Mechanics Basics

Strains are more common when someone bends, twists and lifts. The risk is even greater when these are done in combination. Spreading your legs and using both hands while avoiding twisting reduces the potential for strains. When you lift keep your back in a comfortable position which can be straight or curved.

Removing Hoses from Trailers

Different types of hoses are used depending on the product and customer specifications. When removing or replacing hoses avoid lifting the whole hose at one time and check for residual product that could spill or make the hose more difficult to handle. Cold temperatures can create additional hazards when product or caps freeze.

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