Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
K&D Shop Ft St James
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
KDL Group
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The first worker to enter the shop that day encountered a hissing sound originating from the oxy/acetylene bottles. He discovered the bottles had been left on overnight. This is in contravention of the Cutting Torch Operation Training Brief. He quickly shut off the gas flow at the bottles and opened the shop doors to air out the building. He was able to accomplish this without any further consequences.
Due to the severity of the hazard, he was unable to discover the source of the hissing. The oxy/acetylene bottles were locked out and the hoses and flashback valves were replaced. After discussion with a welding supply dealer, it was learned that flashback valves need to be replaced every 2-3 years.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1)Workers are to be reminded of the consequences when company safe work procedures are not followed.
2)Flashback valves should be added to the company preventative maintenance program and replaced every 2 years.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Martin Elphee
Health & Safety Coordinator
KDL Group

File attachments
2007-12-01 Close Call Involving Cutting Torch.pdf
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