01:34 pm, Thursday 29 March, 2012
Gas explosions have become the cause of some recent injuries and deaths in Australia. In January 2012, a gas bottle explosion almost killed a Newcastle man. A young Darwin tradie was killed in December 2011 when a gas cylinder exploded inside his van.
Incidents caused by gas leak and explosions have prompted Heldon Products Australia Pty Ltd, a manufacturer of refrigeration and air-conditioning components, to develop the Gas Cylinder Plug for gas cylinders.
A Heldon Safety Plug is a special type of plug designed to seal gas cylinders once the hose set has been removed. It is designed to prevent accidents involving deflagration in confined spaces such as service vans and machinery spaces. These plugs are marked clearly with the type of gas and have a swivel and lanyard to attach them to the bottle ahead. A swivel arm is colour coded for the gas type. The Heldon Safety Plug has an O Ring soft seal which allows finger tight sealing and prevents gas escape.
This new product will be manufactured in Heldon’s Melbourne manufacturing plant and is available through distribution across Australia.