You probably know that compressed gas cylinders must be secured in an upright position. You might even know the reason why (because the gasses inside can become highly volatile and cause the cylinder to explode). But did you know that fluid leaking from a compressed gas cylinder is a sign of instability and a potential explosion hazard?
In June, one of our Senior Safety Advisors (Tony Anglin) was inspecting a new facility that one of our clients just moved into. While walking around he noticed an acetylene cylinder that was leaking red fluid. Knowing what this meant, he notified everyone in the area about the hazard, barricaded the area off, and contacted a local gas supplier who was asked to come remove the cylinder from the facility. Thanks to Tony, nobody was hurt!