The Sleeping Giant!
This Tech Tip was originally published as the April 2016 “Safety Pins”
by Philip E. Spiezio, Safety Officer, Washington County Office of the Safety Officer
- I am a compressed Oxygen gas cylinder. I can weigh in at 175 pounds. I am pressurized to 2200 psi.
- My wall thickness is about ¼ inch. I can stand about 57 inches tall. I am 9 inches in diameter. I am green in color.
- I wear a cap when not in use. I wear valves, gauges, and hoses when at work.
- I am ruthless and deadly in the hands of the careless or uninformed. I am too frequently left standing alone on my small base. Sometimes even without my cap on.
- I am ready to be toppled over where my naked valve can be snapped off, releasing all my power through a small hole—the diameter of about a pencil.
- I have been known to jet away faster than a dragster. I can smash through brick walls with the greatest of ease. When I take flight through the air I can travel over a half of a mile.
- I spin, ricochet, crash, and slam through anything in my path. I scoff at the puny efforts of human flesh, bone, and muscle to alter my erratic course.
- I can under certain circumstances, rupture or explode. You typically read of these exploits in the newspapers.
- I like to be kept very clean, absolutely free of all oil, grease, butter, or any other like substances.
- You can be my master ONLY under my terms:
- Full or empty see that my cap is on straight and snug when not at work.
- Never leave me standing alone.
- Keep me in a secure rack or chain me so that I cannot fall.
- Note: My smaller counterparts can be just as deadly!!!
- Treat me with respect:
I am a sleeping giant!