A deliver driver was moving a fully charged Oxygen cylinder for transport. The oxygen storage cylinder was 4.5 feet tall and pressurized to approximately 2000 psi. The driver was rolling the cylinder at a slant, using the base of the cylinder as a pivot point/rolling base. The valve was facing his abdomen. It is unknown for certain but likely was not capped.
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Facilities and companies follow strict regulations and safety protocols to prevent accidents. The aviation industry is just one example where safety is paramount. If an issue develops on a plane it could be catastrophic. Aviation systems are engineered to the highest standards, and the slightest issue can ground a plane. Systems are checked, re-checked and pre-flight inspections are conducted before each flight.
Why do you get moisture in your compressor? Learn how to handle the inevitable and keep moisture from entering your cylinders.
Handling cylinders requires special care to avoid injury. Gas escaping from a cylinder can inject into a body part and create serious internal injuries. Protecting yourself from this type of injury can be as simple as distancing yourself from the cylinder.
When dealing with cylinders most people are aware of the dangers of pressure. Any time you compress a gas into a rigid container there are hazards of a potential rupture.
Not protecting the threads between cylinder threads and the valve threads can cause Galvanic Corrosion. This corrosion can seize a valve on a cylinder. It is important to protect the threads from corrosion. Read further to find why it happens.