Advisory Warns of Unauthorized Marking of Gas Cylinders
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Type:  Safety Bulletin/Alert

Publisher:  U. S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC - DOT

Published As:  Public

Date: 

Topics:  Maintenance, Quality Assurance, Compressed Gas/Air

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has published a safety advisory to alert the public about unauthorized marking of high-pressure compressed gas cylinders by Beauchesne Fire Equipment, a company based in Attleboro Falls, MA.

Agents from the U.S. DOT Inspector Generals Office in Cambridge, Mass., with assistance from a PHMSA investigator from the Eastern Region Field Operations Office, recently determined Beauchesne had marked about 5,900 high-pressure compressed gas cylinders with test dates and Requalifier Identification Number H557 in 2011 and 2012 without conducting the required hydrostatic testing of them. The companys owner, had pleaded guilty on May 14, 2013, in a Massachusetts federal court to violating the federal hazardous materials transportation law relating to testing and requalification of compressed gas cylinders. PHMSA terminated the RIN Approval H557 issued to Beauchesne Fire Equipment on Sept. 18.

Any cylinder stamped with the RIN H557 with a test date in 2011 or 2012 should be considered unsafe and not authorized to be filled with hazardous material unless the cylinder is first properly visually examined and hydrostatically tested by an individual or company authorized to requalify DOT specification cylinders.

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