Father witnesses two sons killed when moving an oxygen cylinder. There was no training and the adult sons were just trying to help.
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.
Failing to follow basic cylinder handling procedures caused loss of life, damage and a large court fine. Uncapped cylinders fell over, causing a cascade effect.
In the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), regulates and investigates workplace safety. Most countries have their equivalent of OSHA which works in a similar manner. OSHA may conduct random checks, follow up on registered complaints or investigate accidents involving the safety of workers.