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Inspection and Maintenance Equipment must be Suitable for Hazardous Areas

An engineering company has been fined £380,000 for safety failings. Worcester Crown Court heard how an employee of an engineering company was inspecting a rocket motor for damages using a fibre optic light. The light was used to illuminate a conduit on the ‘charge’ of the motor when the heat from the light caused the propellant to ignite. The charge burned sending out uncontrolled flames and gases for about 10 seconds until it finally burnt out. Luckily no one was injured but the potential for a catastrophic incident was huge.

Details on the HSE website at: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2016/a-rocket-motor-company-fined-for-safety-failings/?eban=govdel-fire-and-explosion&cr=08-Jul-2016

This highlights the importance of ensuring that inspection and maintenance equipment are also considered when assessing the risk of fire and explosion in hazardous areas.