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An explosion that took four lives at a facility in St. Louis last April has been linked to a neglected boiler. According to St. Louis News 4; “On April 3, a 2,000-pound water storage tank rocketed out of the Loy-Lange Box Company, flew more than 500 feet and landed in the Faultless Linen Company. The exact cause is still under investigation.”
Though vessels are required by law to be inspected annually; according to St. Louis News 4 the system in question had not been inspected since 2011.
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A note from a Meilner Mechanical Institute presenter:
Only proper maintenance and inspection can prevent the dangerous operating conditions from developing. Though safety devices are designed to prevent dangerous conditions from turning into disasters, all boilers require common maintenance activities.