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Re: Hauling Oxygen Bottle

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Stick welding

04-21-2013 21:08:17

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Sounds like a story of what could happen but if it did actually happen, he should have been fired over it and never been able to get another job as a welding teacher. People carry cylinders horizontal all the time. It's not illegal but it's scary that most don't secure them in any way. We get customers bring cylinders back without the cap and figure they can just take the cap off the full one with 2200 PSI. Sometimes they get real upset they have to pay a refundable $10 for a missing cap! It's like carrying a bomb around!

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Stan in Oly, WA

04-22-2013 11:06:26

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 Re: Hauling Oxygen Bottle in reply to Stick welding, 04-21-2013 21:08:17  
"he should have been fired over it and never been able to get another job as a welding teacher."

Even hypothetically, that seems pretty harsh for a situation about which you know none of the particulars. Having been associated with the welding program at the local community college for about ten years now, I can tell you with absolute certainty that there will never be a shortage of high school and college age students who will ignore any safety rules, find ways to defeat any precautions, and generally manage to damage equipment you would not even believe they could damage. To prevent any possibility of accidents you would have to have one attendant per student, and probably one attendant per attendant. Even if that absurd situation were economically possible, it would only reduce the number of accidents, not prevent them entirely.

Every incident has to be evaluated and judged on its own circumstances.


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Stick welding

04-22-2013 16:13:28

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 Re: Hauling Oxygen Bottle in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 04-22-2013 11:06:26  
I agree with students just about anything can happen. I was referring to it as if the teacher allowed a student to move an uncapped cylinder. In most cases a student would be supervised when changing or moving a cylinder.

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