Cylinder safety is not a guarantee. Many times the cause of the incident can not be determined. 5 cylinder incidents over a one month period of time shows that the cause is not easily determined. Basic safety handling is important to help ensure your personal safety.
600 PSI Cylinder Travels 1/4 Mile
Cylinder Training Services creates blogs, posts and holds classes to remind users to use safe procedures when handling all pressurized cylinders. This specific incident involved two employees moving a 600 psi (41 bar) Halon (fire suppression) cylinder to be weighed. Not knowing the exact specifications of this 4BW cylinder or capacity it is within the range of 48u201d (1.2m) tall and around 200 lbs (90 kilos).
During movement, the cylinder was dropped, and the valve struck the corner of a concrete ledge. A short fall against the hard surface dislodged the valve. Once the valve broke off, the pressure in the cylinder caused the cylinder to act as a projectile. This incident occurred outside a building.
When cylinders are exposed to fires, why do some of them explode and others do not?
Cylinders rupture all over the world, for many reasons. Some people believe that since it happens in some countries, it wont happen to them in their country. People handling cylinders become too comfortable . Constant training will help avoid accidents, investigations and civil litigation.