Defusing an Explosive Situation

The extra minutes spent preparing oxygen-acetylene tanks for safe transportation is time well spent

Most farriers take great care while actually under the horse, but are you one of those taking unnecessary chances when the job is done?

You could be if you’re not exercising proper care with your oxygen-acetylene torch rig.

In a letter to the editor of Farm Equipment magazine, Tom Tribley of Lexington, N.C., warned readers against carrying oxygen-acetylene or oxygen-fuel torches in an enclosed space such as a van or a truck cab.

Danger From Gas Leaks

During some 24 years as a welder, Tribley found numerous fuel cylinders leaking from around the valve-stem packing and also warned of residual gas in hoses leaking after cylinders have been shut off. The leaking gas can build up in an enclosed van or truck cab, causing a potentially explosive situation just waiting for something like a stray electrical spark from the ignition or a lighted match to cause a disaster.

Bob Schantz  of  Spanish Lake Blacksmith Shop in Foristell, Mo., is concerned many farriers may be placing themselves in the same danger Tribley warns against.

“Many farriers secure their oxygen-acetylene cylinders when traveling, but leave all the torch equipment connected,” Schantz says. “Not only is this a dangerous situation for the farrier, but in the event of a vehicle accident it is a safety concern for those involved in the accident, and rescue personnel.”

Schantz offers similar advice regarding the transportation and use of propane tanks in the July/August, 2000, American Farriers Journal checklist on page 28A.

Why Take A Chance?


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Pat tearney

Pat Tearney

Pat Tearney is a long-term newspaper and magazine veteran writer and editor. Before retiring, he served for a number of years on the American Farriers Journal staff and continues to share his writing talents with our readers.

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