INAIL illustrates the risk of fires in the late summer period

INAIL illustrates the risk of fires in the late summer period
INAIL illustrates the risk of fires in the late summer period
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INAIL, in a new fact sheet, provides an overview of the main sources of risk such as vegetation fires and ignition from incandescent objects.

After addressing the consequences of the hot risk on construction sites, INAIL returns to safety in the workplace with a new document (fact sheet) edited by the Department of technological innovations and safety of plants, products and anthropogenic settlements (Dit), which provides to all operators – professionals included – a safety note with suggestions deriving from concrete cases concerning the risk of fire in establishments with danger of major accident (PIR).

Inside the note, alternating with scientific indications, some boxes show the summary sheets of the most significant events recorded and cataloged, with the aim of offering useful attention elements for improving safety in the workplace.

The scope of application

These establishments include the chemical or oil industries, pesticide depots, distilleries and, in general, factories that use or hold specific hazardous substances.

Vegetation fires outside

Starting from the analysis of vegetation fires occurring outside the Pir plants, which caused fires in the vicinity of the fence or directly inside the production site, the sheet:

  • highlights the two classifications;
  • analyzes the elements of danger;
  • illustrates how to shut down carried out with the intervention of the internal emergency team and with the Fire Brigade;
  • indicates the methods of prevention to be observed, as protection and weeding activities of green areas.

The same applies in the case of ignition by incandescent objects, such as embers or pieces of metal coming from tractors or agricultural machines.

Vegetation fires inside

Then dwelling on the vegetation fires triggered inside the plant, the researchers of the DIT note various types, such as hot welding works with projection of sparks or cutting of grass or other materials with combustion of brushwood present in the work area .


Another element underlined by the authors is the failure to check at the end of the work, which does not allow to detect the possible presence of potentially dangerous embers.

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Lessons learned

The note closes with a very useful summary box, eloquently entitled “lessons learned”.

Among these, the maintenance of the areas outside the Pir plants in optimal conditions of cleaning and periodic plowing, the monitoring and control of the environments surrounding the plant in dry seasons and in the presence of strong winds, the suggestion to avoid carrying out work at warm near embankments, flower beds and green areas.


The article is in Italian

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