Hydraulic line filter elements are a common part of hydraulic systems, found in both industrial manufacturing operations and civil applications. They are often used to remove particles or other contaminants from liquids passing through them, and as such, they can be subject to wear and tear. If the elements in your hydraulic system are not functioning correctly due to wear and tear, this can lead to injuries.
Filter elements can be made from a variety of materials, but the most common are metal and plastic. Metal elements are typically heavier and more durable, while plastic elements are cheaper and can be more easily replaced. Filter element injuries can occur when the element becomes stuck in the flow or when it is struck by pieces of debris. Filter element failures can occur from a variety of sources, including improper installation, manufacturing defects, and misuse. When these failures occur, the filters can release large amounts of dust and debris. This material can become airborne and cause significant injuries to people nearby.
Filter element failures have resulted in a number of serious injuries over the years. In 2014, for example, an employee was killed when a filter failed at a tractor factory. The employee was struck in the face by the flying debris. Another employee was injured when she was struck in the head by a piece of flying debris.
The risks posed by filter element failures are only heightened when they are installed improperly or when they are subjected to misuse. For example, if filters are not properly secured or if they are not regularly inspected, they may become vulnerable to failure. In addition, workers who are exposed to high levels of dust and debris may be at risk for developing health problems such as asthma or lung cancer.
Injuries can also occur as a result of hydraulic pressure being applied to the element, which can cause it to explode.
If you are injured as a result of a filter failure, don’t hesitate to seek legal advice from an experienced attorney.