Industrial Air Compressor Safety 101: Avoiding Explosions and Tank Bursts
July 16, 2020

Industrial air compressors are incredibly useful machines that aid in a range of applications. As such, they are pivotal in a number of industries. Like many other types of industrial equipment, taking measures to properly maintain your air compressor can help mitigate the risk of accidents from occurring. The last thing you want is to compromise the safety of your workforce. 


Industrial air compressors can be dangerous when not properly looked after. The results of an air compressor explosion can cost you thousands of dollars, or worse - injure your staff and/or you. That’s why it is best advised to seek the advice and services of reputable industrial air compressor professionals when it comes to maintaining your compressor unit. However, there are a few ways you can prevent air compressor-related accidents from happening. 


In today’s blog we discuss some of the reasons that lead to air compressor accidents and preventative measures you can take to ensure they do not happen to you. 


Motor Fire or Explosion 

Overheating your air compressor unit can cause the electrical components to spark - resulting in a fire or explosion. Overheating can be the result of blocked unit ventilation openings, which can restrict air flow. 


To avoid overheating there are a couple things you can do. Operating your air compressor unit in a well-ventilated area and ensuring the unit’s ventilation openings are not blocked will mitigate the risk of overheating. Also, placing your compressor unit away from combustible materials will also serve to reduce the risk of fire or explosion from happening.


Bursting Tanks or Tools

Industrial air compressor tanks and air tools are only capable of operating under specific pressures. Attempting to use your air compressor unit at greater pressures than designated, or using a weakened air tank, can end up in bursting air tanks or tools - both of which can have devastating effects on nearby staff and property. 


To avoid bursting tanks and tools, it is best advised that you regularly drain your air tank after use to prevent the tank from weakening or experiencing rust corrosion. Do not try to repair weakened or damage compressor tanks, and do not attempt to make modifications on the tank. Always replace the tank if you notice that it is damaged. 


To avoid the tank or tools from bursting, do not go above the maximum pressure rating of attachments, and ensure that you use hoses and fittings that have a PSI rating in line with the pressure capacity of your compressor unit. 


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