NBIS Provides Guidance of Gas Cylinder Recall

On February 23, 2012 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a voluntary recall of Map Pro, Propylene and MAPP Gas Cylinders from Worthington Cylinders Wisconsin, LLC, stating “the seal on the cylinders can leak after torches or other fuel burning equipment are disconnected from them, posing a fire hazard.” Click here to read the full recall memo.  

The company voluntarily announced the recall of more than 29 million gas cylinders in the U.S. and 1.3 million in Canada after first learning of the potential for cylinder leaks in December 2011. The recall is in effect for all black or yellow 14.1 ounce MAP-Pro, Propylene or 16 ounce MAPP Gas cylinders sold under various brand names in home improvement stores, hardware stores and plumbing supply stores. Review the FAQ section on the cylinder recall website for details on all brands included in the recall.

NBIS, SC&RA’s exclusively endorsed property/casualty insurance provider, advises SC&RA members affected by this recall to review the notices with all employees and contractors, requesting immediate evaluation of tool storage, working fleet tool supply cabinets and job site tool storage containers. NBIS said that if the cylinders are found, companies should perform the following steps:

  • Unused gas cylinders matching the recall should be returned for immediate exchange or full refund.
  • If cylinders have been used or connected to a torch or other device, empty contents and return for immediate exchange or full refund. Note: the retailer may ask you to properly dispose of the cylinder per manufacturer instructions.

New cylinders, purchased after January 12, 2012, are not included in the recall and have a black or white diamond on the top of the cylinder at the shoulder.

The NBIS Risk Management team suggests taking proactive steps to review tool supply and complete the recall on any cylinders covered in the recall. The recall is proactive by Worthington Cylinders Wisconsin, LLC; no known incidents of fire or related injuries have yet been reported.

As a safety precaution NBIS Risk Management further suggests that such equipment should always be used in a well-ventilated area and that a lit torch and cylinder should never be left unattended. NBIS policy holders that have questions regarding other safety best practices recommended by the NBIS Risk Management team are encouraged to call 1 (877) 860-7677. 

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