Why is the safe storage and handling of gas cylinder important? A firm in London became the perfect example of the danger that cylinders can pose when it had to evacuate 2,000 staff members from their offices last Tuesday (5/26). The St. Albans & Harpenden Review reports that acetylene and oxygen cylinders, in use, burst into flames at the Fleming Fabrications factory in London at 12:30 pm.

The staff was forced to move outside of a 200 meter perimeter of the factory and could not return to work until about 4 pm.

The fact that work stopped for almost four hours is only a small part of the problem. The danger that workers could have been injured or killed makes gas cylinder safety a serious concern for anyone responsible for maintaining safety in the workplace. Make sure you are doing everything in your power to minimize risk for anyone involved with storing or moving your gas cylinders.

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