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Fire in a foaming workshop

This case study discusses a fire in an automobile manufacturing facility, caused by the knock-on effects of a leaking solvent spray hose. Subsequently, fire broke out under the ride-on sweeper used during the clean-up operation. This fire severely damaged the workshop as well as caused major soot damage. Furthermore, the inventory in this area was totally destroyed, leading to a significant claim for damage plus business interruption.

The risks which caused this fire and the lessons that can be learnt from this incident are reviewed in this risk bulletin.