Monday, April 13, 2015
PRODUCT IMPROVEMENT - Cylinder Retention Brackets
Compressed gas cylinders contain high pressure and may be filled
with many gases including Oxygen, Nitrogen, Carbon Dioxide, Helium
(Balloon Gas) and Hydrogen, among others. All cylinders are
dangerous if left unsecured. The cylinder may be knocked over which
may open the valve or snap it off, potentially releasing extremely
high pressures of 20,000kPa or more.
If the valve is snapped off an unrestrained cylinder, it may
become a projectile, potentially launching through walls and
slamming through anything in its path, including people.
Alternatively, if the valve remains intact but is opened as a
result of the impact, the gas may leak out of the cylinder.
When large amounts of gas leak into an area, there is potential
for the atmospheric composition to change significantly. In
such a case, this may lead to the asphyxiation of people within
that area. Additionally, if the leaked gas is oxygen, an
oxygen enriched atmosphere will be created that will promote
To prevent against these accidents, AS 4332-1995 requires that
all cylinders, full or empty, are secured against falling. To
help our customers meet this standard and their duty of care to
their staff, Tesuco has remodelled our existing single cylinder
bracket and also introduced a new two cylinder bracket.
IMAGE 1: ACB - Single Cylinder Retention Bracket
These brackets are made of heavy duty 304 stainless steel, have
a "V" shaped design to suit different cylinder sizes, have a strong
load rated chain and securing clip, and now have a cushioned
bracket edge to protect the operator from injury and the cylinder
from damage. The cylinder brackets are a very safe and
economical way to secure your cylinders.
IMAGE 2: ACB2 - Twin Cylinder Retention Bracket
More information can be found on our product brochure, which you
can download here.