Vital Safety

vital | adjective | 1. critical, absolutely necessary 2. performing and essential function 3. characteristic of life


Prosecution - Welder Death in Water Tank: Canada

Sure Fresh Foods, a chicken processing company, was fined $150,000 following the death of a welder in a water tank on 7 April 2006.  The welder entered the 80,000 litre tank to repair a crack.  When the welding torch was ignited the tank exploded. The source of combustion was found to be methane gas which had entered the tank from a water well.  The company had not provided confined space training, procedures or gas monitoring equipment.

 Source: Government of Ontario