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Warning signs could remind people of explosion risks

18th November 2010 | Warning Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls.

Employees and managers are being urged to remember the explosion risks when cutting drums and containers.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it is important to check that the correct safety procedures are in place when conducting 'hot work' such as welding, flame cutting, grinding and using disc cutters on containers that contain, or have contained, flammable or combustible substances.

Warning signs could help make employees aware of the potential dangers of such tasks.

HSE principal inspector Edward Marshall said: "It is essential that all employees have had the right training for the job and know what precautions to take to protect themselves and others."

Earlier this week, it was reported that warning signs could have alerted a worker to the presence of underground cabling in a site he was working on, and stopped him from suffering major burns.

The employee in question was injured when his drill made contact with an 11kv cable below the pavement.
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