65-2 #42 July 27, 2006

Manhole Emergencies

UFA Health and Safety Officer / Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Romaka wishes to remind the Membership to take their safety responsibilities seriously at all times. We will continue to highlight and remind our members of "safe actions" as spelled out by the Department. Stay well, and stay safe!

The FDNY A.U.C. 180, "Manhole Fires/Emergencies" states the following:

2. Operational Guidelines

Under "Notes":

  1. Members are reminded that explosions in manholes are not uncommon and that they have caused serious burns to members of this department.
  2. Members should not pull covers off manholes. It is the responsibility of utility crews to open manhole covers. Pulling covers may cause an explosion by mixing air and gases. Be cautious of the "pellet effect" from the dirt and gravel that is trapped on the sides of the cover if an explosion occurs.
  3. Explosions can take place after considerable time has elapsed and when the conditions in the manhole appear dormant. When a cover blows, do not run. Keep your eyes on the cover so you can approximate where it will land.
  4. Serious explosions have also occurred in adjacent manholes that are connected by conduits with the originally involved manhole....

**Please refer to the full A.U.C. 180 and familiarize yourself with its full content. Remember to always wear your proper Personal Protective Equipment to avoid unnecessarily inhaling the toxic fumes that are often present at these types of incidents. Also, please take the time to review previous Safety Messages as safety is an on-going and high priority.**

Sergeant-at-Arms/Health & Safety Office
• Phone: 212-683-4832 • Fax: 212-683-4768 • Email: Bromaka@ufanyc.org


Stephen J. Cassidy

Joseph A. Miccio
Recording Secretary