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Safety alert – Deadly explosions during cutting of drums and containers

Duty holders are being reminded of the dangers of undertaking hot work on containers that contain, or have contained, flammable or combustible substances following two recent fatal accidents in North East Scotland where employees were killed whilst cutting up drums.

‘Hot work’ includes any process that generates a source of ignition (eg naked flames, heat, sparks) arising from working methods such as welding, flame cutting, grinding and using disc cutters.

View safety alert ‘Deadly explosions during cutting of drums and containers’