In July last year, a van exploded in the centre of Leeds – causing injuries to the driver as well as disrupting traffic.
This outcome was, in fact, a very good one – the explosion, which was caused by an acetylene gas cylinder, could have been a lot worse.
Managing director of the Moorhead Group which owns the van, said;
“We’re very relieved that the driver has escaped. He has superficial burns to his hands and the back of his head.”
There was only one person in the van, and the vehicle was carrying gas-filled cylinders – the driver, and any pedestrians that may have been around him at the time, were very lucky.
Van gas explosion
This video was captured by VPS at the Health and Safety Laboratory, Buxton and shows just how devastating the effects of a van gas explosion can be – click below to watch:
Research was undertaken about ventilation in the rear of enclosed vans and how acetylene gas can build up; as you can see, taking steps to minimise such a problem are crucial to any van owner, company director or fleet manager where acetylene gas is being transported.
ADR, Acetylene and small scale carriage of industrial gases
LPG, Acetylene, and other gases are often carried by tradesmen such as motor vehicle repair technicians and welders – health and safety recommendations can be found here. It is certain that ventilation is important when carrying any such gases.
Carriage of dangerous goods
Carrying any goods by road or rail can involve the risk of traffic accidents but when the goods are dangerous, there is the added risk of incidents like spillage, that could result in fire, explosion, chemical burns and environmental damage. Click here to read more about the subject from the Health and Safety Executive.
Why fitting a van floor vent could save your life – new legislation
There is now, thankfully, a lot more awareness and legislation about ensuring that vans are properly ventilated when carrying dangerous gases – our vent meets the new requirements and is small enough to fit to small vans. The vent bonds directly to the floor of the vehicle after cutting a small 73mm diameter hole.
To place your order or to find out more, click here or call us on 01952 850416.
Don’t put off tomorrow what you could do today – be safe and stay within legislation if you are carrying acetylene or other industrial gases that require floor ventilation!