Experts agree that some steam boilers are safer than others – not based on physics but on physical design. But what does safe mean? For at least one professional, staying safe equates to working in an environment that minimizes the potential for personal injury, disability, downtime, productivity shortfalls and worker’s compensation claims.
“Catastrophic explosions are extremely rare,” said Jim Manthei of AMS Steam, who has been specifying and installing steam boilers for almost 40 years. “While physics may suggest which type of boilers are safer in this respect, day-to-day safety concerns like burns, bumps and bruises and the range of injuries that can result from installation, operation and routine maintenance are issues that people who work with and around steam boilers need to address on a regular basis.”