Fire Extinguisher Failure

Publication Date: 
January 12 / 2015

Sunday February 12, 2012 @ 7:30 am an Emeco field mechanic was completing his weekly service vehicle inspection. He grabbed the fire extinguisher mounted in his truck and noticed that the powder contents had settled at the bottom of the canister. He tapped the bottom of the fire extinguisher with a rubber mallet to help loosen the chemical contents.

The fire extinguisher erupted (exploded) causing the canister to shoot towards the ground and the chemical contents to release into the workers face. The force of the discharge removed his hard hat and covered him with the powder chemical. A co-worker assisted him to the nearest eyewash station and began flushing his eyes, then was taken to the Fort McMurray hospital for further eye examination.

The workers injury resulted in a scratch cornea, and he is required to wear a contact lense to help with healing process and to eliminate further irritation and discomfort. In addition worker has also been prescribed eye drops that he needs to use every couple of hours.