Dangerous incident: Release of pressurised gas

December 4, 2017 Tara

Summary: While in the process of changing a half filled medical oxygen cylinder gas bottle from the back of a truck, it slipped from a person’s grasp. The bottle hit the holding crate and broke off the isolation valve. There was a release of gas under pressure that created a lot of dust, but the bottle didn’t move. Two workers in the area remained still until the dust cleared.
Recommendations to industry: Mine operators should review their procedures associated with the handling and transporting of pressurised gas cylinders.

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