Inquiry Labels Fertilizer As Fire Safety Risk

Fire Safety TrainingFertiliser company Incitec Pivot discussed potentially moving from its Port Adelaide premises if taxpayers help pay for a relocation.

Residents are eager for the plant to be moved since a 2010 SafeWork SA assessment which claimed there was an ammonium nitrate explosion risk. The company stated that despite rumours of the contrary, the risk of explosion was significantly small and the company does not desire to move.  Greens MP Mark Parnell says the inquiry was informed that the company owuld move in the event that government assistance was offered.  Parnell however is concerned about the large sums of money needed to relocate a dangerous industry. He added that it is a possibility once the public can get a cost efficient price for the move.

Currently there is a conflict between the company and regulators. IP does not believe there is a risk and SafeWork maintains that there indeed is a danger.  Incitect’s COO James Whiteside believes the inquiry’s risk assessment was alarmist.

Whiteside stated that in order for an explosion to occur a complex combination of chemicals and other products are needed. That said, he believes that there is  a very small risk considering their security on the site.

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Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-12/inquiry-considers-fertiliser-explosion-risk/4256476?section=sa 

 

Fire Safety: Company Faces Fines for Explosion

Fire Safety TrainingA subsidiary of Air New Zealand  has been fined $56,000 following an explosion at Adelaide Airport that left an engineer with serious injuries.  The engineer, Mark Meehan sustained a broken arm, burns and abrasions to his hands and face in the March explosion. At the time of the explosion, Meehan had been repairing the wing of an aircraft on the TAE Aviation grounds.

SafeWork SA investigated the explosion and recovered remnants of fuel or vapours within a fuel tank in the wing which were ignited by a spark from a tool Meehan was using.  TAE pleaded guilty in the Industrial Court for breaching Occupational Health and Safety laws, by failing to educate Meehan on the potential risk of explosion.

The company was subsequently convicted,fined and ordered to improve its safety procedures.

Meehan has since returned to active work duties.

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Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-30/company-fined-over-airport-explosion/4233326?section=sa

 

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