TOOLBOX TALK 51/60
TOPIC: CUTTING AND WELDING
OBJECTIVE: TO ENSURE SAFE CUTTING AND WELDING (FIRE PREVENTION)

 

You may want to tell your crew about these accidents that involved cutting and welding:
  • A shop mechanic decided to cut the head from an empty 44-gallon drum with a cutting torch. As the flame cut through the top, the drum exploded. It contained just enough fuel so that the vapor-air mixture in the drum was explosive.
  • A pipe fitter didn’t need a scaffold because he was able to stand on a pile of burlap bags full of cocoa while he cut the pipe with a torch. It was just a smouldering fire but it spoiled the taste a large amount of cocoa.

 

A few simple precautions could have prevented these accidents:
  • Never weld or cut a drum, tank or pipe unless you are absolutely sure it is clear of any flammable materials….

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