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Section: 56.13001
Date: 02/11/2011
District: SC
Negligence: Moderate
Injury or Illness: Unlikely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Permanantly Disabling
Significant and Substantial: No

Condition or Practice: The approx. 8 gallon portable air tank did not have a [ASME] American Society of Mechanical Engineers certification stamp on it. This condition creates a hazard of rupture of a pressure vessel to the miner.

Action to Terminate: tank was removed from mine site

Why this concerns you: We have used these tanks for years with no citation. This tank was not pressurized. This tank did have a 'pop-off' valve on it.

Abatement Suggestions From Industry

In Missouri, the boiler tech engineers do not even recognize those types of tanks as "pressure vessels" and have refused to inspect them for certification for us. That tank does not meet the requirements of the standard. If the "pop-off" valve was functional, there was no violation of any other standards either.
- posted on 02/11/2011

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