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What are the major causes of fires in factories

  • 16-03-2015 1:29am
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    Registered Users Posts: 519 ✭✭✭


    Is it overheating?or mixture of reactive chemicals? What are the causes say for example of fires occurring in fish factories and watch factories, textile, pharmaceutical and cosmetic factories.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,606 ✭✭✭gctest50


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    http://bit.ly/1ESuKcx


    you wont always have google/bing/boards to get answers


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,395 ✭✭✭✭mikemac1


    Insurance ;)


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 1,797 ✭✭✭Kevin McCloud


    A gallon of petrol accidently spills and a source of ignition at that same time.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,034 ✭✭✭afatbollix


    When is your paper due for college then?


  • Registered Users Posts: 78,176 ✭✭✭✭Victor


    gctest50 wrote: »
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    http://bit.ly/1ESuKcx


    you wont always have google/bing/boards to get answers
    Constructive posts only please.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,084 ✭✭✭ratracer


    Poor housekeeping I would say!


  • Registered Users Posts: 78,176 ✭✭✭✭Victor


    You need to look at proximate cause (spillage of flammable substance on hot surface) and underlying causes (poor maintenance).

    In any building, construction work or similar is always a risk.


  • Registered Users Posts: 295 ✭✭Dr_Bill


    Poor housekeeping, materials incorrectly stored, are hazardous materials stored in a locked & properly bunded store? Are there sufficient electrical sockets? are they damaged? are they being overloaded with power strips everywhere? Is there loads of fuel present such as paper?


  • Registered Users Posts: 989 ✭✭✭MrDerp


    I once worked in a factory that used a lot of oils and chemicals, to the extent that we had our own internal (small) fire truck and trained part time fire-fighters. Everyone else had basic fire training, updated regularly.

    Spills were relatively common and in the past they'd had an issue with someone simply not dumping oily rags correctly one Friday after a spill, and a on a warm saturday there was an oil fire in a bin outside. Poor ventilation caused issues also, some days the vapour fumes were high in certain zones, so they were very very strict about smoking areas.

    They were mental for Health & Safety in this place, something we scoffed at but they came down hard on infractions with good reason.

    There isn't a real common cause you can point to for industrial/commercial, I'd wager, in the way that 90% of Irish house fires are caused by chip pans and occur between 10pm and 3am (at least that's what I remember being told by our fire officer, don't have a link to hand). The main causes would have to be some incident arising out of poor storage of materials, inappropriate adjacency of some materials, not making a work site safe (e.g. electrical work, plumbing/gas), general non-compliance with regulations.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,384 ✭✭✭Markcheese


    I'd put money on stupidity being the main cause -

    Slava ukraini 🇺🇦



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  • Registered Users Posts: 519 ✭✭✭carlowplayer


    MrDerp wrote: »
    I once worked in a factory that used a lot of oils and chemicals, to the extent that we had our own internal (small) fire truck and trained part time fire-fighters. Everyone else had basic fire training, updated regularly.

    Spills were relatively common and in the past they'd had an issue with someone simply not dumping oily rags correctly one Friday after a spill, and a on a warm saturday there was an oil fire in a bin outside. Poor ventilation caused issues also, some days the vapour fumes were high in certain zones, so they were very very strict about smoking areas.

    They were mental for Health & Safety in this place, something we scoffed at but they came down hard on infractions with good reason.

    There isn't a real common cause you can point to for industrial/commercial, I'd wager, in the way that 90% of Irish house fires are caused by chip pans and occur between 10pm and 3am (at least that's what I remember being told by our fire officer, don't have a link to hand). The main causes would have to be some incident arising out of poor storage of materials, inappropriate adjacency of some materials, not making a work site safe (e.g. electrical work, plumbing/gas), general non-compliance with regulations.

    Wha type of factory was that


  • Registered Users Posts: 989 ✭✭✭MrDerp


    Wha type of factory was that

    Paint. Manufacturing and distribution. Warehouse Distribution area was actually the most likely to produce any issue for reasons above


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,779 ✭✭✭Carawaystick


    Interesting article in the Guardian about Stafford Hegginbotham and his bad run of luck in factory fires.

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/apr/15/the-story-of-the-bradford-fire-book-extract


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 6,995 ✭✭✭Schadenfreudia


    Ahem! I missed the comment by Victor above.


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