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Record $160 Million Propane Accident Settlement

Reported by the Philadelphia Business Journal, plaintiffs in a 2014 food truck explosion reached a $160 million settlement this year. This is the largest pre-verdict settlement in PA state court history.

So, what happened In 2014 a food trucks outdated propane cylinder exploded in Philadelphia, killing two people, severely burning three, and injuring others. Civil cases were filed in 2015 and 2016 against a Propane Dispensing Location, which allegedly refilled the outdated propane cylinder. After reaching the settlement, company plans to take additional steps to ensure propane safety across its facilities.

While the exact details around the cause of the explosion might never be known, there is plenty that propane marketers can learn from this story.  You can prevent dangerous situations for employees and customers and protect your company from liability with essential propane safety protocol.

3 Key Factors to Reduce Risk and Liability

1. Policies and Procedures
If your company refills propane cylinders, do you have the proper policies and procedures in place Written policies include procedures to define task performance and when to remove a cylinder from service. All cylinders must be requalified at regular intervals, requiring a visual check before the cylinder can be filled or refilled to verify that it is fit for continued service.

2. Documentation
Propane marketers that requalify cylinders need accurate inspection documentation forms and testing processes to meet DOT requalification requirements before a cylinder can be placed in use for continued service.

3. Training
Do your employees handling DOT cylinders understand proper cylinder inspection, requalification, filling, and labeling requirements P3 Propane Safety provides expert DOT safety training for employees handling DOT cylinders.

Contact P3’s propane safety experts to learn more about how to prevent safety hazards and protect your company.