Working with or moving equipment that is kept under high pressure, (such as gas or oxygen cylinders), is hazardous. If you work in East Hampshire and you’ve suffered an injury in the workplace related to high pressure materials, you can call on the experience and expertise we’ve gathered here at Accident Advice Helpline.
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Station officer killed moving redundant gas cylinders
A 45-year-old station officer was unfortunately killed at Cotswold airfield when he was helping to move a quantity of redundant gas cylinders. These cylinders were previously part of a fire suppression system.
As the 45-year-old was moving one particular cylinder, which weighed approximately 65Kg, it started to lose gas. It discharged itself so quickly that the cylinder went span round viciously and struck the station officer on both his head and body so forcefully that it caused fatal injuries.
It has come to light that the cylinders had been taken from their containers the day before by a team of fire-fighters from the Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, under the supervision of the station manager. A similar incident could easily have injured one of the firemen.
A tragic accident blamed on the lack of an appropriate risk assessment
The investigation into the incident concluded that the air services company who employed the station manager had not carried out an appropriate risk assessment before the work was undertaken. As a result, the company were found guilty of accident contraventions to Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. They were fined £75,000 and instructed to pay £98,000 worth of costs.
Gas cylinders are also used in manufacturing as part of the equipment necessary for welding. The safe storage and handling of these cylinders is essential. The volatile nature of the content of gas cylinders, and the fact that their contents are kept under pressure, means that they must be handled with kid gloves, and by people who fully understand the dangers. Accidents are likely to have catastrophic effects.
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Date Published: 1st November 2014