October 23, 2009 | Ken Reed

Equipment Failure: How Much Does Air Weigh?

Seems like a very simple evolution: drain the excess liquid out of a rail car tank.  What could go wrong with that?

It depends on how you “drain” the car.  In this case, maybe your workers decided to do a really good job, and hooked up a vacuum truck to the tank, instead of just draining excess.  This video shows the results of this type of mistake.

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What safeguards would you put in place to prevent this type of problem?

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