Leadership

Present Business Conditions Have Developed Serious Industrial Fire Hazards

Issue 3 and Volume 86.

Present Business Conditions Have Developed Serious Industrial Fire Hazards ONE phase of the effect that present business conditions are having on industry is that fire losses in plants of the medium or smaller type seem to be increasing, due to conditions brought about by curtailed or suspended operation. One reason is the reduction and, in many cases, the almost total depletion of working forces, with the result that when a fire takes place it is likely that not enough men, or trained men, will be present to fight it. It is true that the cessation of some manufacturing processes may lessen temporarily certain hazards incidental to them and thus decrease the frequency of fires, but it is also true that many sources of danger remain, such as spontaneous combustion, electrical installations that must necessarily remain alive, but under unskilled or no supervision, bad housekeeping (which in a dead plant means…

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