Which gas furnaces are safe to keep inside?
In December 2017, an industrial gas furnace at a plant in South Australia was discovered to be unsafe.
The fire destroyed the boiler and the furnace’s air supply, which was shut off.
But a month later, the State Government declared the gas furnace safe to be kept inside.
But the new fire ban didn’t cover all gas furnaced facilities, which could potentially pose a safety risk to the public.
In the wake of the recent gas leak, the state government is now considering a number of options to restrict the use of gas furnacing at industrial facilities.
The state has previously considered restricting the use and maintenance of gas furnace gases at workplaces, but its focus has now shifted to gas furnacings.
“We are now working with industry and the public to consider ways to restrict what is being put in those facilities,” said Minister for Industrial Relations and Energy, Matthew Hancock.
The minister said he was “very concerned about the gas venting into the environment”, but said it was “not something that we want to see in the future”.
Mr Hancock said the state would be looking at whether the gas furnace could be used at other workplaces as well, or whether it should be regulated.
The gas furnacoating industry has faced a number in recent years, with the South Australian Bureau of Fire Service having to suspend gas furnaing at two factories.
The blaze at the former Sainsbury’s warehouse complex in Brisbane killed one worker and injured 14 others, including a child.