Sunday 18 November, 2018

Watch: Potentially explosive situation as man welds near gas tanks

A video showing one man bravely welding near to several gas tanks has caused a stir online. 

The video, which was shared to social media on Tuesday, showed a man wearing coveralls and a safety visor welding the corner of a cage which appeared to hold several gas tanks.


The video reportedly took place in Rio Claro.

According to US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) practices, fire hazards should be removed if the welded object cannot be readily moved, and guards should be used if removing fire hazards is not possible.

If this cannot be done, no cutting or welding should be allowed.

It is also advised to protect nearby combustible materials from sparks that might escape through openings in floors or walls. Fire Extinguishers must be ready for instant use.

Combustible materials must be swept 35 feet away and properly protected or shielded and combustible floors must be wetted or protected (while preventing arc welding shock).

Additionally, a responsible individual, preferably supervisor, must inspect the area and designate precautions, preferably by written permit.

OSHA also says a Fire Watch lasting at least 30 minutes after welding or cutting operations is required if more than a minor fire might develop and if certain combustible materials are present.

LoopTT has reached out to NP for more information.


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