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Gasoline Safety Can Fire - California

A highway construction worker was moving equipment from the back of a flatbed truck. In the process of moving the equipment, he also moved a 3-gallon gasoline safety can which spilled gasoline onto his pants. A propane-fired tar furnace is believed to have ignited the spilled gasoline and set the construction worker on fire. 

The primary issue in the case was whether or not the gasoline safety can was defective. It was determined that an internal (non-visible) valve closure disk had come loose which allowed the gasoline to spill out of the can.  Other issues involved labeling, warnings, and DOT and OSHA Regulations.

Dr. Fox is an explosion expert, fire expert, and chemical expert with extensive experience in OSHA chemical regulations and chemical safety.


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