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2 Truckers Injured in Paint Fume Blast

Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Two men who were apparently trying to warm a tractor trailer full of paint on a cold Canadian afternoon managed to escape serious injury when their propane heater ignited the paint vapors and blew the truck apart.

 The sides of the truck blew open when the vapors ignited

 Shawn Mackichan

The sides of the truck blew open “like an orange” when the vapors ignited, police said.

The incident occurred about 1:25 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 11) in the yard of Van Kam Freightways Ltd. in Surrey, Vancouver, British Columbia, just north of Washington State. The company provides freight transportation in Canada and the United States.

The men were “dealing with a semi-trailer truck full of paint” when the incident occurred, according to the Vancouver Sun.


“They thought it would get too cold, so they were trying to keep the paint warm in the back of a trailer in a confined space,” Surrey RCMP Staff Sgt. Bruce Anderson told the newspaper. “They didn’t realize that paint gave off fumes, and kaboom.”

The force of the explosion blew the back and sides of the truck wide open “like an orange,” reports said.

Two men inside the truck were taken to the hospital in serious condition. The men were not identified, and the company did not respond to a request for more information.

Said Anderson: “It would be the same as putting a propane heater on your back porch, where you store your kerosene.

“That was kind of silly on their part.”


Tagged categories: Confined space; Explosions; Health and safety

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