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A recent vapor explosion in Missoula, MT has led to the death of one auto shop employee and the injury of another. Both OSHA and the local Missoula fire department are investigating this tragic incident.
The vapor explosion occurred when the auto employee was pouring lacquer from a barrel to a smaller container through a funnel; static electricity caused the fumes to explode. The employee suffered third degree burns over 95% of his body and later passed away.
While the shop had safety measures, including training, in place, management acknowledges that the ventilation and equipment is still being investigated. Read more about this tragedy here.
There are a few things to learn from this incident:
This horrific event is a reminder of the seriousness and significance that safety has, particularly with paint spray operations. What other types of safety and environmental risks are you exposed to? Take KPA’s complimentary Environmental and Safety Risk Assessment to evaluate your level exposure today:
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