Shipfitter/welder dies when an oxygen cylinder explodes in California.
NIOSH 1996 Oct; :1-4
A 45-year old male shipfitter/welder (the victim) died when an oxygen cylinder he drilled into during a salvage operation exploded and propelled him into a stationary band saw. The shipfitter had been asked to drill and cut up acetylene cylinders that were marked with an "X" in a circle. The oxygen cylinder had the same marking. The company had no written procedures on the destruction and salvage of compressed gas cylinders. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Assure each gas cylinder marked for destruction is labeled or marked to differentiate them from those not ready for destruction. 2. Use an unmistakable marking on cylinders that have been prepared for salvage or destruction. 3. Prepare an appropriate written program describing the procedures for the destruction and salvaging of compressed gas cylinders. 4. Use an appropriate method for the destruction of pressurized compressed gas cylinders.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Welders; Welding-equipment; Welding-industry; Gas-welders; Compressed-gases; Safety-programs
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Public Health Institute