The engineering compliance knowledge and positive action taken by PEME Operations Manager, Ian Marsh, to avert a hazardous situation has been recognised with a Safety Award from our client.
Whilst investigating a fault on an electrical socket within an ATEX zone 22 area he found the socket was not faulty but isolated, however it was of an inappropriate IP44 rating and not ATEX certified. An ATEX zone 22 is an area in which an explosive atmosphere, in the form of a cloud of combustible dust in air, is not likely to occur in normal operation, but if it did, it would only be for a short period. This would however present an increased explosive risk during that period.
The socket could have been energised and used by others on the site resulting in an increased explosion risk and therefore, Ian took immediate action and raised a Near Miss to ensure this message was communicated across the site and action taken to avoid similar situations. The socket remained isolated until upgraded to the relevant ATEX level.