This article showed up on Time”s feed.
This sort of thing is a serious issue. Most of the metals used in jet aircraft engines do not have fatigue ultimate fatigue limits, the welds in aircraft engines are extremely exotic and failures may not be completely understood.
I’m not a transportation or logistics specialist. I do know enough about these things to understand the proper procedures for dealing with the possibility that your facility might go boom. One of the most important things that you need to make sure doesn’t happen is to have people living too close to such facilities. I would have expected that the Tianjin explosion was an outlier. According to this NY Times article, apparently not.
This has been a lesson learned all over the world, the hard way.
If the Chinese were smart they would consult the experts and regulations promulgated by other countries about this stuff and change things before we get an even bigger boom.
Your life may depend on it.
Machine tools don’t care what you look like. They have demons inside just waiting to grab something and make a real close but very dangerous friendship with you. It’s better to have things like sleeves and hair tucked away where the machine cannot grab. It’s better to be safe than stupid. Don’t spoil your fun by being stupid. I’ve been banged or cut up enough times to know what that’s like far too many times. Besides blood doesn’t look good on your parts.
Don’t do this to yourself. When dealing with electricity, take precautions and play safe. From Machine Design.: