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Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Miner's Tip

Torch Safety

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Mine Type: All Mines
Category: General Safety and Maintenance

Oxygen-Acetylene Torches, if not handled correctly, can cause injury or even death.

Torch Safety In Illinois, a fire started in a prep plant after a miner left a torch unattended. The tank valves were not turned off when the employee left the area. The torch and tanks were set ablaze by what could have been a leaking valve. This could have easily turned into a fatal accident. Fortunately, the fire did not spread and was quickly extinguished.

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Issued: 03/15/2005
Tag # AP2005- M90863