Risks associating with carrying acetylene in vehicles

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HSE recommend acetylene should always be transported in open vehicles where possible.

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have recently published a video of a van exploding as a result of the build up of acetylene in a closed environment.  Even a small leak can cause an explosive atmosphere to develop. 

HSE recommend acetylene should always be transported in open vehicles where possible.  If it is absolutely necessary to transport acetylene in a closed van then the van cargo bay should be fitted with a low level ventilation grill and rotary roof vent.

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