Safety Moment - Transportation of compressed gas cylinders

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Description of Process: 

Pressurised air cylinders used for breathing apparatus were being prepared for backloading onshore.

Description of Incident: 

A deckcrew member was securing them by strapping them to a standard wooden pallet. 

One of the bottles fell, fracturing the valve. This caused a rapid depletion of air and the cylinder was propelled around the container.

Good Practice Guidance: 
  • Special transporation boxes have been designed.
  • All valves were changed to a new safer type
Causes and consequences of incident or accident: 
Moving, flying or falling object
Handling, lifting or carrying