Beware of flammable adhesives near flames: Marine Safety Forum has issue a safety alert following an incident in which a mechanic was using synthetic rubber glue to secure soundproofing materials inside a small compartment while welding was being carried out close-by.
A mechanic working in the barge workshop on a drilling jack-up has been severely burnt.
Preliminary investigation and findings lead us to think that the cause of the accident is the
combination of the victim’s use of flammable synthetic rubber glue and welding operations performed at the same time on the same jack-up.
When welding was done nearby the victim’s work place, fire caught almost instantly burning severely the victim. It is believed the glue vapours were ignited by the welding spark. A colleague used nearby extinguishers to extinguish the fire and the victim was evacuated to the hospital by helicopter.
• Hot work should never take place close to flammable products. Simultaneous operations should be properly managed.
• All flammable products on a crew/base should be identified, used and stored accordingly. Glues, thinners, paints, solvents, sprays & others products could be flammable; check all the products used.
• Chemical & physical properties of all products used should be known (management of MSDS).