Bracket Caused Exploding Fire Extinguisher – Check Yours NOW!

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Jun 082010
 

imageNow would be a good time to go and check your bracket-mounted fire extinguishers. Although this particular extinguisher apparently exploded off of a bulldozer a similar incident could well happen aboard ship.

Over time, the head of a bolt supporting the bracket damaged the fire extinguisher cylindre, producing fatigue cracks that weakened it sufficiently for it to burst, tear off the bracket and fly several metres. Fortunately no-one was hurt.

Two other bracket mounted fire extinguishers showed a dangerous amount of wear from the metal retaining strap.

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