Incident alert

LOCATION:
COMPANY-WIDE
ACTIVITY:
MAINTENANCE & HOUSEKEEPING
SUB ACTIVITY:
N/A
ALERT STATUS:
Normal
DATE ISSUED:
02/12/2011
INCIDENT No:
00317

TITLE
Fire: flammable substance close to oxy-propane cutting activity
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
United Kingdom
ACCIDENT / INCIDENT DETAILS
A conveyor was to be removed from the location where it was situated and was to be subsequently relocated in a new position. As part of the dismantling process, a canopy needed to be removed. The maintenance engineer utilised oxy-Propane cutting equipment to cut the canopy away from the conveyor structure.

An oil drum storage bund was situated within a few metres and spilled oil had accumulated in the catch-tray. The maintenance engineer believed the oil to be water based and non-flammable. This assumption was incorrect.

As cutting commenced, sparks landed in the spill tray igniting the oil. The fire caused localised damage, however; the proximity of the bund to the access stairs used by the engineer to the workplace meant the fire trapped him temporarily. A colleague positioned a ladder permitting his escape.
ACCIDENT / INCIDENT IMAGES
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canopy
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oil storage bund
LEARNING POINTS / ACTIONS TAKEN
- Before any hot work assess the area for potentially flammable substances.

- Conduct a suitable and sufficient risk assessment.

- Complete a permit to work appropriate to the task.

- Ensure you have an effective escape route available to you.

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