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A warning has been issued on the dangers of storing and handling flammable liquids, particularly petrol.
A serious accident involving a jerrycan full of petrol renewed calls for caution in the handling and storage of flammable liquids.
A man was seriously burned after a jerrycan containing petrol ignited while he was attempting to re-fuel a compressor in the rear of a utility.
The cause of ignition has not been established. The incident occurred without warning, and even after extensive investigations, no obvious cause has been identified. This shows how dangerous petrol can be. Transferring any flammable liquid can cause static buildup and sparking in some circumstances, and synthetic clothes can also cause a static spark that can ignite vapours.
There are several ways of reducing the dangers associated with handling flammable liquids such as petrol:
Further information on the storage and use of flammable liquids.
For more information contact WorkSafe or the Explosives and Dangerous Goods branch of the Department of Mines and Petroleum.