Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
Last month, a worker at a Wisconsin golf course was critically injured when a 55-gallon drum that he was working on exploded. Authorities say that a UPS driver found the 35-year old victim semi-conscious on the floor in a pool of blood and speculate that he could have been there for several hours.
The worker was hospitalized from a catastrophic head injury, which occurred while he was using an acetylene torch to open the sealed drum. The drum contained a small amount of oil inside, which ignited and caused an explosion that shot the lid upward and struck the victim in the head. The victim underwent extensive brain surgery on the day of the explosion and could face more surgeries in the future.
Hot work, which includes acetylene torch cutting, is a leading cause of industrial fires, injuries, and fatalities. It is important to put safety first whenever performing any type of hot work. Here are a few personal safety tips to keep in mind before operating an acetylene torch. Acetylene welding is not difficult, but it has the potential to become extremely dangerous. Severe and fatal burns, as well as violent explosions can result from carelessness:
Almost all hot work accidents are preventable. If you need help identifying challenges in your facility, training your associates, or developing a comprehensive no-nonsense hot work policy, please fill out the form below to contact one of our qualified fire protection engineers today.
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