When working with high pressure and in low visibility situations, accidents can and do happen. Preventing injuries should be the TOP priority on EVERY job site.
Although we encourage you to increase your productivity, speed, and profit, we are in no way suggesting you EVER compromise safety.
Here's an essential tip to ensure blasters and bystanders are protected.
Ensure that ALL CONNECTION POINTS are Whipchecked.
If a Blast/Bull hose connection point was to become disconnected accidentally, the high pressure in the hose causes the 'live' end of the hose to whip around and lash out at anything in its path, including the blaster or bystanders. The out-of-control hose thrashes out indiscriminately in all directions, causing an extremely dangerous situation. This has happened in some blasting operations and has caused very serious injury (and even death) to blasting personnel.
With Whipchecks fitted (especially the "Stocking" variety), the situation becomes much less volatile as the coupling's movement becomes more restricted which gives much more time for the operator to shut down the air supply if a connection fails.
The Traditional Whipcheck has a single cable which, when installed properly, would semi-restrict the hose in the event of coupling failure.
This has prevented many injuries but due to the fact the hose is not firmly secured, it could still whip around and harm those standing close to the point where the hose failed.
The safer option is the Stocking Whipcheck which holds the hose securely and checks the hose whip completely (see the Video)
Where should Whipchecks be placed?
There are 4 minimum locations where whipchecks should be installed:
It is CRITICAL (regardless of what style of Whipcheck you use) that your Whipcheck is installed correctly: