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WorkSafe Victoria highlights air receiver explosion risks

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WorkSafe Victoria  has released new guidance focusing on the safety risks associated with air receivers - a type of pressure vessel used to store compressed air for demands greater than a compressor’s capacity.

WorkSafe’s Manufacturing, Logistics and Agriculture Industry Program Director, Ross Pilkington, said air receivers had the potential to hurt people and damage property if they were not properly installed or maintained.  

“There have been serious incidents involving air receivers exploding in Victorian workplaces – and it has only been good luck that no one was working near them at the time,” Mr Pilkington said.  

Employers with air receivers are to maintain them properly to reduce the risk of explosion or fire.  

‘Working safely with air receivers’ is aimed at improving awareness of the risks associated with air receivers – and explaining ways to reduce those risks.  

Mr Pilkington urged employers with air receivers in their workplaces to use the handbook to assess their safety. “Properly installing and servicing air receivers are how they will be kept operating safely,” he said.  

Depending on their hazard level, some air receivers must be registered as an item of ‘plant’ with WorkSafe Victoria.  

Mr Pilkington said WorkSafe is making sure Victorian workers are not put at risk from unsafe air receivers. From early next year, WorkSafe inspectors will be inspecting air receivers during workplace visits.

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