Flash fire leads to $34,500 fine

Tank had been cleaned with a solvent

Goldec Hamms Manufacturing has been fined $34,500, inclusive of the 15 per cent victim fine surcharge, and placed on one year of corporate probation.


On Aug, 11, 2015, a worker was welding a stud onto a hydraulic tank at the Red Deer, Alta, work site. The tank had been cleaned with a solvent and a flash fire occurred, causing serious injuries to the worker.


Goldec Hamms Manufacturing pled guilty to section 171.1(3) of the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code, failing to inspect the surrounding area before welding began to ensure all flammable material, gas or vapour was removed or alternative methods of rendering the area safe were implemented.


All other charges were withdrawn against the company.


Source: Alberta Ministry of Labour