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Mechanic Burned in Fire

December 14, 2015 by Rebecca Ward

In response to the news of the accident in Naugatuck Connecticut last week, KPA would like to offer all businesses a reminder regarding the importance of tool and equipment inspections.

The use of a blow torch may be a frequent or not so frequent event.  Despite how often you use a torch to complete a task, make sure to inspect all components of the tool and/or system prior to beginning work.  Verify that the pressure relief valve is operable, a flashback arrestor is installed, gas cylinder gauges and lens covers are in place and in working order, and hoses are free of leaks, burns, tears, loose connections or other defects.  Inspections will help you identify defects and maintain your tools and equipment in working order.   

For your safety and the safety of those around you, always make sure fire extinguishing equipment is close by when performing any work that produces a flame/spark, and always wear the appropriate personal protective equipment for the task. 

KPA can provide guidance on proper tool inspections, personal protective equipment and employee training.  Contact us today at [email protected] to get started on your new EHS program.

Posted in: Environmental Health and Safety