We seem always hear about catastrophic accidents when a pressure vessel fails outwardly, but let us not forget that a vacuum in a vessel NOT RATE for a vacuum can ruin a $200,000 vessel just as easy - maybe not as fast - but certainly just as easy!!  Case in point... what happens when you have a valve in your vent line and someone for some reason closes it!  I am a big fan of "car-seal" programs and any valve in a relief line, BOTH positive pressure and vacuum relief, MUST BE CAR-SEALED OPEN.  The cost of replacing this vessel will be a fraction of the cost and risk the unit will incur shutting to replace it.

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MANY THANKS MH!  This week's pic is sort of different - instead of doing outrageous things with a ladder, this worker chose NOT to use a perfectly good ladder for a task, instead, he used a wire spool.

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  1. 2017 Photo of the Week #2 (Hotwork)

  2. 2017 Photo of the Week #1 (Power Strip)

  3. 2016 Photo of the Week #52 (Newly NEMA rated switch - NOT)

  4. 2016 Photo of the Week #51 (Fire protection at its best)

  5. 2016 Photo of the Week #50 (Tagout? not quite!)

  6. 2016 Photo of the Week #49 (Make sure this year's family holiday portrait is done safely!)

  7. 2016 Photo of the Week #48 (Hot Work Safety?)

  8. 2016 Photo of the Week #47 (Ladder Repair)

  9. 2016 Photo of the Week #46 (more aerial lift and forklift madness )

  10. 2016 Photo of the Week #45 (LEVEL A suits do NOT work in flammable atms)

  11. 2016 Photo of the Week #44 (His parents must have never told him...)

  12. 2016 Photo of the Week #43 (More PIT & Scissor Lift insanity)

  13. 2016 Photo of the Week #42 (Fall protection is a team effort)

  14. 2016 Photo of the Week #41 ("Breaking the plane" of a guillotine ...1926.1201)

  15. 2016 Photo of the Week #40 (Light Switch)

  16. 2016 Photo of the Week #39 (Hot Work Hell!)

  17. 2016 Photo of the Week #38 (Compactor... "no one would ever crawl in there")

  18. 2016 Photo of the Week #37 (Why PFAS fail!)

  19. 2016 Photo of the Week #36 (Grinding is "hot work"... as he is about to find out!)

  20. 2016 Photo of the Week #35 (Guarding of portable powered tools)

  21. 2016 Photo of the Week #34 (PPE, Compressed Gas, Grinding, Guarding, etc... Let me count the ways)

  22. 2016 Photo of the Week #33 (Unstable Storage - 1910.176(b)

  23. 2016 Photo of the Week #32 (Scaffolding)

  24. 2016 Photo of the Week #31 (A sign you may have a speeding problem in your plant)

  25. 2016 Photo of the Week #30 (Sanitation)

  26. 2016 Photo of the Week #29 (Trench)

  27. 2016 Photo of the Week #28 (Hotwork PPE?)

  28. 2016 Photo of the Week #27 (Fall Protection can be electrifying)

  29. 2016 Photo of the Week #26 (Superhero EXIT)

  30. 2016 Photo of the Week #25 (LOTO - not quite)

  31. 2016 Photo of the Week #24 (Hotwork)

  32. 2016 Photo of the Week #23 (A fool's fuse)

  33. 2016 Photo of the Week #22 (Team work can be such an electrifying experience)

  34. 2016 Photo of the Week #21 (Crane - Catching a lift...)

  35. 2016 Photo of the Week #20 (Guards... we (apparently) don't need no stinking guards)

  36. 2016 Photo of the Week #19 (Car Seal and RV Venting)

  37. 2016 Photo of the Week #18 (Human Factors & Color Coding)

  38. 2016 Photo of the Week #17 (Human Factors & Labeling)

  39. 2016 Photo of the Week #16 (Crane)

  40. 2016 Photo of the Week #15 (Hotwork - Heating a Propane Cylinder)
  41. 2016 Photo of the Week #14 (more Forklift Follies)
  42. 2016 Photo of the Week #13 (Forklift, Pallet, Ladder)
  43. 2016 Photo of the Week #12 (Electrical Fuses)
  44. 2016 Photo of the Week #11 (Bandsaw and Lathe)
  45. 2016 Photo of the Week #10 (Homemade BLEVE)
  46. 2016 Photo of the Week #9 (Forklift + Scissor Lift)
  47. 2016 Photo of the Week #8 (E-Stop Guarding)
  48. 2016 Photo of the Week #7 (HAZCOM Labeling)
  49. 2016 Photo of the Week #6 (1 Ladder + 1 Ladder = UNSAFE)
  50. 2016 Photo of the Week #5 (Forklift is 3X's too short)
  51. 2016 Photo of the Week #4 (Unsafe team work with Hi-Vis vests and an extension ladder)
  52. 2016 Photo of the Week #3 (Soft drinks have never been more hazardous to your health)
  53. 2016 Photo of the Week #2 (Safety Celebration)
  54. 2016 Photo of the Week #1 (Front-end Loader, 12 Pallets, 2 Straps, and a light pole)
  55. 2015 Photo of the Week #52 (Safety Profession summed up in one sentence!)
  56. 2015 Photo of the Week #51 (Aerial Lift, Forklift, and ... speechless) 2015 Photo of the Week #50 (Temporary Wiring)
  57. 2015 Photo of the Week #49 (Aerial Lifts, Christmas Lights, and more Hi-Vis Safety Vests)
  58. 2015 Photo of the Week #48 (I am safe as I have on my fluorescent safety vest! )
  59. 2015 Photo of the Week #47 (Forklift counter balance)
  60. 2015 Photo of the Week #46 (Why signs are NEVER enough!)
  61. 2015 Photo of the Week #45 (Why VERIFICATION of LOTO is so critical)
  62. 2015 Photo of the Week #44 (Forklift, Pallet, Ladder = FALLS)
  63. 2015 Photo of the Week #43 (Open air elevator?)
  64. 2015 Photo of the Week #42 (NOT a GHS compliant label - NOT even a nice try!)
  65. 2015 Photo of the Week #41 (1 step ladder, 1 extension ladder, and 6' of rope = what could possibly go wrong)
  66. 2015 Photo of the Week #40 (Trenching)
  67. 2015 Photo of the Week #39 (Propane Cylinder, PIT, & Bungee Straps)
  68. 2015 Photo of the Week #38 (Scaffolding - you just can't make this stuff up!)
  69. 2015 Photo of the Week #37 (Trackhoe Bucket)
  70. 2015 Photo of the Week #36 (Crane, Truck, Scaffolding)
  71. 2015 Photo of the Week #35 (Forklift & Personnel Cage)
  72. 2015 Photo of the Week #34 (Forklift + Scissor Lift Mayhem)
  73. 2015 Photo of the Week #33 (Scaffolding, Ladders, Falls - 3 for 1)
  74. 2015 Photo of the Week #32 (Excavator Scaffolding)
  75. 2015 Photo of the Week #31 (Electrical)
  76. 2015 Photo of the Week #30 (Aerial Lift Boost)
  77. 2015 Photo of the Week #30 (Aerial Lift Boost)
  78. 2015 Photo of the Week #29 (Team Work gone bad)
  79. 2015 Photo of the Week #27 (For those pesky alarms)
  80. 2015 Photo of the Week #26 (Falls)
  81. 2015 Photo of the Week #25 (Forklift)
  82. 2015 Photo of the Week #24 (Hazardous ice and non-hazardous propane)
  83. 2015 Photo of the Week #23 (Aerial Lift... Walking the Plank!)
  84. 2015 Photo of the Week #22 (Smoking is HAZARDOUS to your health #2)
  85. 2015 Photo of the Week #21 (Fire Extinguisher Security)
  86. 2015 Photo of the Week #20 (Crane)
  87. 2015 Photo of the Week #19 (Trenching)
  88. 2015 Photo of the Week #18 (Forklift, Scaffolding, Falls)
  89. 2015 Photo of the Week #17 (Wood Chipper)
  90. 2015 Photo of the Week #16 (Smoking is hazardous to your health, especially at this workplace!)
  91. 2015 Photo of the Week #15 (PPE...not!)
  92. 2015 Photo of the Week #14 (Ladder Irony)
  93. 2015 Photo of the Week #13 (Electrical)
  94. 2015 Photo of the Week #12 (Lockout?)
  95. 2015 Photo of the Week #11 (Scissor Lifts, Ladder, Scaffolding, Falls)
  96. 2015 Photo of the Week #10 (RV Discharge Hose?)
  97. 2015 Photo of the Week #9 (NH3 Placard)
  98. 2015 Photo of the Week #8 (Pipe Weld)
  99. 2015 Photo of the Week #7 (Scissor lifts and Ladder)
  100. 2015 Photo of the Week #6 (Seatbelt)
  101. 2015 Photo of the Week #5 (Lockout w/ imagination)
  102. 2015 Photo of the Week #4 (Ladder & Fall Protection)
  103. 2015 Photo of the Week #3 (Scaffolding)
  104. 2015 Photo of the Week #2 (PPE, well sort of!)
  105. 2015 Photo of the Week #1 (Forklift & Ladder)
  106. 2014 Photo of the Week #52 (Forklift & Aerial Lift)
  107. 2014 Photo of the Week #50 (scissor lift, step ladder, stairs, door, scaffolding)
  108. 2014 Photo of the Week #51 (Electrical LOTO)
  109. 2014 Photo of the Week #43 (Machine Guarding)
  110. 2014 Photo of the Week #46 (Electrical & Fire Protection)
  111. 2014 Photo of the Week #47 (PSM Facility Siting)
  112. 2014 Photo of the Week #48 (Ladders)
  113. 2014 Photo of the Week #49 (Forklift)
  114. 2014 Photo of the Week #42 (Trenching)
  115. 2014 Photo of the Week #41 (Umm... Teamwork?)
  116. 2014 Photo of the Week #40 (Electrical Signage)
  117. 2014 Photo of the Week #38 (Ladders)
  118. 2014 Photo of the Week #39 (Emergency Response)
  119. 2014 Photo of the Week #37 (Smoking & Flammable Gases)
  120. 2014 Photo of the Week #36 (Forklift, Ladder, Falls)
  121. 2014 Photo of the Week #35 (Welding PPE)
  122. 2014 Photo of the Week #34 (Falls and work platform)
  123. 2014 Photo of the Week #33 (Chemical Labeling)
  124. 2014 Photo of the Week #32 (Aerial Lift, Forklift, Falls, etc.)
  125. 2014 Photo of the Week #31 (Aerial Lift)
  126. 2014 Photo of the Week #30 (Electrical)
  127. 2014 Photo of the Week #29 (Relief Valves)
  128. 2014 Photo of the Week #28 (Ladders)
  129. 2014 Photo of the Week #27 (Crane & Fall)
  130. 2014 Photo of the Week #26 (Forklift, Scaffolding, Ladder, Fall all wrapped into one!)
  131. 2014 Photo of the Week #25 (Scissor Lift)
  132. 2014 Photo of the Week #24 (Electrical w/ Water)
  133. 2014 Photo of the Week #23 (Cylinder Handling)
  134. 2014 Photo of the Week #22 (Crane Circus Stunt!)
  135. 2014 Photo of the Week #21 (Fire Protection)
  136. 2014 Photo of the Week #20 (Ladders)
  137. 2014 Photo of the Week #19 (Scaffolding, Ladders, Electrical, Swimming Pool, Rocking Horses)
  138. 2014 Photo of the Week #18 (Emergency Response)
  139. 2014 Photo of the Week #17 (Aerial lifts, Falls)
  140. 2014 Photo of the Week #16 (Trenching)
  141. 2014 Photo of the Week #15 (Hearing Protection)
  142. 2014 Photo of the Week #14 (Back-up Alarms)
  143. 2014 Photo of the Week #13 (Power Tool Safety)
  144. 2014 Photo of the Week #12 (Scaffolding, Ladder, falls, etc.)
  145. 2014 Photo of the Week #11 (Confined Spaces)
  146. 2014 Photo of the Week #10 (Safety Glasses)
  147. 2014 Photo of the Week #09 (Scaffolding & Falls)
  148. 2014 Photo of the Week #08 (Trenching)
  149. 2014 Photo of the Week #07 (Forklift, Ladder, Falls)
  150. 2014 Photo of the Week #06 (Electrical Cord)
  151. 2014 Photo of the Week #05 (Human Factors)
  152. (UPDATED on 2/16) 2014 Photo of the Week #04 (Process Safety)
  153. 2014 Photo of the Week #03 (Pallet Jack)
  154. 2014 Photo of the Week #02 (Hotwork & PPE)
  155. 2014 Photo of the Week #01 (Forklift, Ladder, Fall)
  156. 2013 Photo of the Week #52 (Ladders)
  157. 2013 Photo of the Week #51 (HAZCOM)
  158. 2013 Photo of the Week #50 (Holiday Lights)
  159. 2013 Photo of the Week #49 (PPE - Faceshield)
  160. 2013 Photo of the Week #48 (Pressure Vessel Safety)
  161. 2013 Photo of the Week #47 (Confined Space Safety)
  162. 2013 Photo of the Week #46 (Flammables & Smoking #2)
  163. 2013 Photo of the Week #45 (LOTO)
  164. 2013 Photo of the Week #43 (Pipe Labeling)
  165. 2013 Photo of the Week #44 (Guarding/LOTO)
  166. 2013 Photo of the Week #42 (Smoking & Flammables)
  167. 2013 Photo of the Week #41 (Ladder)
  168. 2013 Photo of the Week #40 (Emergency Alarm)
  169. 2013 Photo of the Week #39 (Safety Can?)
  170. 2013 Photo of the Week #38 (Ladder)
  171. 2013 Photo of the Week #37 (Acetylene Cylinder Handling)
  172. 2013 Photo of the Week #36 (Flammable Liquids)
  173. 2013 Photo of the Week #35 (Electrical)
  174. 2013 Photo of the Week #34 (Ladder)
  175. 2013 Photo of the Week #33 (Ladder, Scaffolding, Falls)
  176. 2013 Photo of the Week #32 (Fire Protection)
  177. 2013 Photo of the Week #31 (Manlift)
  178. 2013 Photo of the Week #30 (LOTO)
  179. 2013 Photo of the Week #29 (Ladder Setup)
  180. 2013 Photo of the Week #28 (Signs you may need a car-seal program)
  181. 2013 Photo of the Week #27 (Forklift, Falls, Electrical... Just unreal!)
  182. 2013 Photo of the Week #26 (Ammonia RV Safety)
  183. 2013 Photo of the Week #25 (Spot the PSM RAGAGEP issue)
  184. 2013 Photo of the Week #24 (Grain bin explosion caught on camera)
  185. 2013 Photo of the Week #23 (PPE)
  186. 2013 Photo of the Week #22 (no one would defeat an interlock)
  187. 2013 Photo of the Week #21 (Accident Banner irony)
  188. 2013 Photo of the Week #20 (Another bit of Safety irony)
  189. 2013 Photo of the Week #19 (Forklift Human Counterweight)
  190. 2013 Photo of the Week #18 (ANOTHER Safety Banner Installation)
  191. 2013 Photo of the Week #17 (Ladder)
  192. 2013 Photo of the Week #16 (Ladder/Scaffolding)
  193. 2013 Photo of the Week #15 (Ladder)
  194. 2013 Photo of the Week #14 (Scaffolding)
  195. 2013 Photo of the Week #13 (Electrical)
  196. 2013 Photo of the Week #12 (Fire Protection)
  197. 2013 Photo of the Week #11 (Lab Safety)
  198. 2013 Photo of the Week #10 (HAZCOM Pictograms)
  199. 2013 Photo of the Week #9 (Forklift & Ladder)
  200. 2013 Photo of the Week #8 (Pallets)
  201. 2013 Photo of the Week #7 (DANGER sign)
  202. 2013 Photo of the Week #6 (Speechless #2 - Flammables)
  203. 2013 Photo of the Week #4 (SPEECHLESS!)
  204. 2013 Photo of the Week #5 (Caution Sign)
  205. 2013 Photo of the Week #3 (Falls)
  206. 2013 Photo of the Week #2 (Wheel Chocks)
  207. 2013 Photo of the Week #1 (Ladder)
  208. 2012 Photo of the Week #52 (Emergency Response)
  209. 2012 Photo of the Week #51 (Forklift)
  210. 2012 Photo of the Week #50 (Manlift)
  211. 2012 Photo of the Week #48 (Let me count the ways)
  212. 2012 Photo of the Week # 47 (Missing certification on plastic gas container)
  213. 2012 Photo of the Week # 46 (Respirator Warning!)
  214. 2012 Photo of the Week # 45 (Forklift & Scaffolding)
  215. 2012 Photo(s) of the Week # 44 (PSM Human Factors)
  216. 2012 Photo of the Week #43 (Hotwork Explosion)
  217. 2012 Photo of the Week # 42 (Ladders)
  218. 2012 Photo of the Week # 41 (Forklift/Manlift)
  219. 2012 Photo of the Week # 40 (Hotwork)
  220. 2012 Photo of the Week #39 (Electrical)
  221. 2012 Photo of the Week # 38 (Forklift)
  222. 2012 Photo of the Week # 37 (Electrical)
  223. 2012 Photo of the Week # 36 (Safety Cans WORK!)
  224. 2012 Photo of the Week # 35 (LOTO)
  225. 2012 Photo of the Week # 34 (Fire Protection)
  226. 2012 Photo of the Week # 33 (Respiratory Protection)
  227. 2012 Photo of the Week # 32 (Spot the hazard)
  228. 2012 Photo of the Week # 31 (Falls)
  229. 2012 Photo of the Week # 30 (Electrical)
  230. 2012 Photo of the Week #29 (Ladder)
  231. 2012 Photo of the Week # 28 (Wheel Chocking Humor)
  232. 2012 Photo of the Week #27 (Fall Protection)
  233. 2012 Photo of the Week #26 (Guarding Interlock Bypassed)
  234. 2012 Photo of the Week #25 (Flammable Liquids Secondary Containment)
  235. 2012 Photo of the Week #24 (Car Seals)
  236. 2012 Photo of the Week #23 (LOTO)
  237. 2012 Photo of the Week #22 (Forklift)
  238. 2012 Photo of the Week #21 (Trailer Loading)
  239. 2012 Photo of the Week #20 (Forklift Wheel)
  240. 2012 Photo of the Week #19 (Safe Removals)
  241. 2012 Photo of the Week #18 (Respiratory Protection)
  242. 2012 Photo of the Week #17 (Flammable Gas & Smoking)
  243. 2012 Photo of the Week #16 (PFAS Saves three more lives!)
  244. 2012 Photo of the Week #15 (PRCS & Falls)
  245. 2012 Photo of the Week #14 - Emergency Egress (WARNING! Harsh Language)
  246. 2012 Photo of the Week #13 (Humor)
  247. 2012 Photo of the Week #12 (Propane Tank)
  248. 2012 Photo of the Week #11 - (Crane)
  249. 2012 Photo of the Week #10 - (Electrical)
  250. 2012 Photo of the Week #9 (Forklift Accident - Elevated Load)
  251. 2012 Photo of the Week #8 - Why emergency vents are CRITICAL
  252. 2012 Photo of the Week #7 - When to know its time for a new Hard Hat
  253. 2012 Photo of the Week #6 (PFAS Lanyard)
  254. 2012 Photo of the Week #5 (Clear Communications)
  255. 2012 Photo of the Week #4 (Manlift)
  256. 2012 Photo of the Week #3 (Welding PPE)
  257. 2012 Photo of the Week #2 (Emergency Response)
  258. 2012 Photo of the Week #1 (Scaffolding)
  259. 2011 Photo(s) of the Week #52 - Another "Know your Clearance" Lesson II
  260. 2011 Photo of the Week #51 (Ladders & Scaffolds)
  261. 2011 Photo of the Week #50 - Flammable Liquid Dike Failure
  262. 2011 Photo of the Week #49 - Manlift Shocker
  263. 2011 Photo of the Week #48 - Welding PPE
  264. 2011 Photo of the Week #47 - Under Suspended Load
  265. 2011 Photo of the Week #46 - Scissor Lift Safety
  266. 2011 Photo of the Week #45 - New language for DANGER signs
  267. 2011 Photo of the Week #44 - Safety Asses
  268. 2011 Photo of the Week #43 - Confined Space Shocker
  269. 2011 Photo(s) of the Week #42 - Another "Know your Clearance" Lesson
  270. 2011 Photo of the Week #41 - Ladder(s) Shocker
  271. 2011 Photo of the Week #40 - Welding Helmet
  272. 2011 Photo of the Week #39 - Electricians Humor
  273. 2011 Photo of the Week #38 - Manlift Shocker
  274. 2011 Photo of the Week #37 - Ladder Shocker (@ MSHA Offices)
  275. 2011 Photo of the Week #36 - hazard when removing your chock(s)
  276. 2011 Photo of the Week #35 - A sign it may be time to implement your heat safety program
  277. 2011 Photo of the Week #34 - Trench Box

How many safety issues can you spot in this week's photo?  I count three (3) right off the bat.

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Can you spot the hazard/code violation?  This is at a fueling station for work trucks at a facility.  This facility has many HAZLOCs so in general, "they should have known better"; but this is what happens when you contract out maintenance to unqualified and untrained contractors.  Work Order said... "Switch at gas pump not working", this is how it was fixed...

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