From: NEAL LANGERMAN <neal**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] what to do - gas cylinder safety
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:18:08 -0700
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
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Let me play "devil's advocate" here -

What is really wrong with the picture?


It is different from what you advocate or expect.

The nitrogen was needed for some process. The cylinders were secured from both theft and falling over.

Cylinder to be moved had the valve protected.

Rather than kick roll or carry, the workers rolled the cylinder along the ground - zero gravitational energy to come into play; perhaps a back injury issue from bending over, but less than from carrying

It sounds like 2 of them the manual lift.


So, where is the safety problem?


By the way, cylinder nitrogen is a gas, not a liquid so laying the cylinder on the side is NOT a hazard. In fact, it is a common practice in some industrial settings.





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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Harry J. Elston
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 8:16 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] what to do - gas cylinder safety


"Not a recommended practice."  Likewise, I am not surprised.




On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 5:41 PM, Leslie Coop <lcoop**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

A company doing work on campus chained thee nitrogen compressed gas cylinders to a tree in front of a dormitory. And left them there, for several days. Two were capped, but one of them had a regulator attached, with tubing going into a hole in the ground.


One day, two of this company's employees were seen removing one of the cylinders from the tree (one with a cap). They lay in cylinder on its side on the ground, rolled it with their feet to the curb, then rolled it off the curb and into the street to their truck. There, they picked it up by hand and manually lifted it into their truck.




Leslie Coop, MS, CCHO, CHMM

Chemical Hygiene Officer/ Stockroom Manager

Willamette University - 900 State Str - Salem, Oregon 97301



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