A Hanford Fire Department Firefighter received a minor injury when a pressurized Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus charging system hose struck him in the face during cylinder charging operations. Residual pressure in the charging system hose, when it was disengaged from the SCBA bottle, caused a hose whipping action. A higher residual pressure could have resulted in a more severe injury to the worker. A proper hazards analysis would have identified the need to specify the use of visually observed pressure instrumentation as the means for determining hose depressurization.
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