May 10, 2015

Be careful while cleaning "empty" drums

During drum washing operations, a 45 gallon drum exploded due to a buildup of pressure inside the drum.The force of the explosion resulted in the drum flying out of the site onto the roof of a neighbouring building.The drum was one of a batch 70  "empty" drums delivered to the site to be cleaned.The drums all contained residues of acetyl-chloride (a water reactive substance).
Treat "empty" drums with great care! It may look innocent but can kill.

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