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  • Published: 14 May 2024

Near miss – lid on ash trash barrel blown off due to hot ash

Near miss lid on ash trash barrel blown off due to hot ash
Near miss lid on ash trash barrel blown off due to hot ash

Description of Incident

The lid on a waste container barrel blew off due to a build-up of excessive pressure within the waste container, caused by hot ash being deposited inside. The build-up of pressure was observed by a member of the crew, who attempted to gradually open the compression ring on the waste container to allow for a slow and controlled release of pressure. The worker did not foresee the risk involved in this action; due to the pressure within the waste container the lid was forcefully dislodged from the locking clamp, releasing the lid from the waste container and causing it to fall 11m to the main deck below. No other personnel were present in the area during this incident.

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