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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:

  • When transferring flammable liquids in a metal container, the container must always be grounded and bonded.
  • When transferring flammable liquids, ensure it is being done away from potential ignition sources.
  • Ensure all containers are capped when not being used.
  • Just because most paints are now waterborne it does not mean that paint operations are without hazards; most clear coats are still very flammable.
  • Employees must be trained on the workplace hazards of their work environment.

 

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:

http://www.kpaonline.com/environmentandsafety101

 

Watch our Dealer Webinar to  learn about how to use awareness and mindfulness to prevent accidents.

 

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