The Risk Management Tool Box Blog

The Dangers of Reactive Chemical Hazards

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, March 23, 2011

An Australian metal foundry has been fined $90,000 after it was found guilty of charges relating to an explosion that severely burned one worker and left another with severe trauma.

The workers were employed at Graham Campbell Ferrum (GCF) in West Footscray, Victoria.  On the day of the accident, they were decanting hazardous chemicals from one container into another container they believed contained the same chemical.
 
In reality, the two chemicals were an incompatible resin and catalyst which, when mixed could result in an explosive reaction.

It was like a bomb going off, said one of the workers, that's how I'd describe it.  The worker suffered burns to more than three-quarters of his body.  He was hospitalised for three months and spent one month in rehabilitation. 
Although the company claimed the employees should have read the chemical labels, a WorkSafe investigation found the company failed to properly manage chemicals handling and storage, while training for employees was inadequate. 

The court found that the workers had never been properly trained in the chemicals' use and dangers.  For those reasons, the company was found guilty of failing to provide a safe workplace or adequate training in hazardous substances handling. 

Victorian WorkSafe Authority counsel Nicholas Papas said the workplace law was "risk-driven" and the company should have eliminated or managed risk associated with chemical handling.

For useful tools for managing risk across a variety of jobs involving hazardous chemicals, click the links to our “personal safety tools, “operational safety tools”, “process safety tools” and “behavioural safety tools”.
http://www.maribyrnongweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/foundry-explosion-90000-fine/2077642.aspx

{module_adrotator,1458}
{module_adrotator,1457}
Comments
Post has no comments.
Post a Comment




Captcha Image

Trackback Link
http://www.therisktoolboxshop.com/BlogRetrieve.aspx?BlogID=4103&PostID=102650&A=Trackback
Trackbacks
Post has no trackbacks.

Recent Posts


Tags

Railway Safety LOTO Behaviour-based Safety (BBS) Job Safety Analysis Hydraulic Fracturing ("fracking") HSE Leadership Process Hazard Management Safety Moment Hazardous Substances Hierarchy of Safety Control Rail Safety Slips, trips and falls Australian OSH Codes of Practice BHP Billiton CSB Excavations Incident Investigation Fire Prevention Unconventional Oil NORM US OSHA MSDS Kellogg Joint Venture NOPSA BP Construction Safety TK Shipping Work in Confined Spaces APPEA Rosedale Abbey Health SPE HSE Innovation Award Catostrophic Disaster Total Safe at Home Radiation Sources Workplace bullying Best bars in the oil patch Walking Ladder Safety NOPSEMA Kinetic Energy Energy Model of Hazards OHS Law Toolbox talk Safety "one per-center's" WMC Resources Natural Hazard Road Transport Risk Management Oil Spill Response Safety Conference Crane lifts Working at height Coal Seam Gas Hess Drilling Thank God it's Friday Manual handling Mining Safe Operating Procedure (SOP) OSHA Sakhalin Energy Safety Culture Survey Occupational Overuse Syndrome Safety Video Hot work Situational Awareness WA Resources Safety Procedure Training Course Save our Seafarers Campaign Water Corporation ALARP Office Safety Safety Awards WorkSafe WA Social Responsibility Hazard Spotting Supervision Safety Management Program Marine Safety Pollution prevention Psycho-social Hazards Newfield Hazard Awareness Isolation Control Aviation Safety Unconventional Hydrocarbons ENI Australia Shell Nautronix Fatigue Management Unconventional Gas Customer Testimonial Driving Safety Emergency Response Shale Gas Working with explosives UK HSE Hospital Safety Safety Information Posters Farm safety Bio-hazards Woodside Procedures Risk Tool Box Risk Assessment Salute to Our Hero's Call Centers Safety Alert Santos Raspberry Ketones Scam Chevron IFAP Management of Change Electrical hazards PPE Manufacturing one per center Contract Risk Management Safety PowerPoint Presentation Global Harmonized System Nanotechnology

Archive

Blog / Terms of Use / Site Map / Disclaimer / Risk Management Tool Box 2009. All rights reserved. Web design by Luminosity. E-Commerce by JStores.