Maintenance shop technicians were in the process of vehicle maintenance and repair when the pressure fitting/hose crimp of a shop airline failed prematurely due to a manufacturer's defect. The subsequent release of air pressure caused the hose to strike an employee on his left knee. The hose end continued to whip until it became lodged in an open toolbox allowing the other employee to control the air release by activating the air pressure disconnect. The employee was not injured in the event and did not require medical attention. Recommendation: Check the condition of maintenance shop airline pressure fittings and manufacturer hose crimpings to ensure they are free of defect, which can lead to employee injury and/or equipment damage. Additionally, it is prudent to check with equipment manufacturers on whether concerns of quality/safety exist but do not rise to the level of mandatory recall.
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