Worker Critically Injured in Explosion, $70,000 Fine for Steel Fabricator

A worker tasked with cutting holes in the drum with a torch received critical injuries when a steel drum exploded into flames.

Investigation by the Centre for Forensic Sciences determined that the barrel contained flammable substances, included acetone, methyl ethyl ketone and toluene.Section 78(1)(b) of the Industrial Establishments Regulation (Regulation 851) requires that “…where alternations are to be made on a drum, tank… or other container… [it] shall be drained and cleaned or otherwise rendered free from any explosive, flammable or harmful substance.”

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