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How to secure a boiler to prevent industrial accidents

Many Pennsylvania workers are severely injured or even die due to industrial accidents each year. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor as well as the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration, or OSHA, have time and again recommended that all companies that use boilers or other unfired, pressurized vessels on their work premises use adequate vigilance to install and maintain these industrial vessels. Preventing industrial accidents is a fundamental obligation of an employer.

Specific state laws guiding installation and maintenance of boilers as well as pressurized vessels state that these instruments must be subjected to regular and vigilant inspection. The boiler inspection commission may send inspectors to check these vessels for compliance with state laws. Every industrial worker should know and look for periodic inspections, which is mandatory. If the employer or insurer has not commissioned a boiler inspection, the employee has the right to file a complaint with OSHA.

In order to prevent industrial accidents, the boiler inspector should thoroughly inspect these vessels annually. In some cases, OSHA may find that boiler inspection every two years is sufficient to ensure safety, depending on the condition of the vessels used. Other pressure vessels may also be inspected annually or according to the time limit set by OSHA and the state labor department.

Any industrial worker who suffers injury from a workplace accident must immediately report the accident to labor authorities. Such reporting must be done as soon as possible and not later than 24 hours from the accident's occurrence. Reporting may be done online, by telephone, fax or by letter. A detailed accident report must be conducted within five days of the industrial accident after an inspection by the labor department to find the accident's cause.

Source:, "Boilers & Unfired pressure vessels: installation and other requirements," Accessed on March 31, 2015

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