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Law: Fatal accident as a result of explosion in a van carrying oxyacetylene cutting equipment

In a recent incident in County Durham it appears that a leak of acetylene gas in a closed van led to an explosion killing the driver.

Although in the particular case it was a plant hire company involved, the same circumstances could arise from garages carrying out work remotely from their base and, of course, it contains lessons for the general upkeep of oxyacetylene equipment wherever it is stored.

When such gases are transported it is preferable to carry them in an open vehicle. If an enclosed vehicle has to be used it should have adequate ventilation.

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) have a Code of Practice (CP31) Safe Storage and Use of Cylinders – Mobile Workshops and Service Vehicles (Rev 1 : 2005). Details are on the BCGA website

Visit or call 0870 26 77 118 for more information.

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