June 28, 2013

3d printing and process safety

The news has been full of reports of how a company put their plan for 3D printing of a plastic gun on the net and how one person was even able to fire a bullet from it. It appears right now that the printer prints using plastic material. The advantages claimed are accuracy, less wastage. An article by Bloomberg  "Your future will be made by 3D printers" is interesting to read.

In the future, maybe 3D printing will improve process safety by eliminating manufacturing defects!!


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June 25, 2013

Drones for flare tip inspection

While we read about drones being used for military purposes, here is another use for them -a refinery has used a drone fitted with a camera for inspection of the flare tip while refinery was in operation. Now this is what I call as innovative usage of technology! Read the article in this link. 

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June 21, 2013

A confined space fatality

Three years ago, a experienced person (17 years experience) lost his life when he entered a space inside a ship that was inerted with nitrogen. This, through he was trained and experienced.
 Read the accident report in this link.

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June 17, 2013

Another hot work tank explosion

A refinery in China experienced a hot work accident that killed two workers. Apparently the tank in which the accident took place was decommissioned. Ensure you take all precautions when doing hot work on tanks.
Read the news articles in these links:
Tank explosion 1
Tank explosion 2

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June 15, 2013

Vessel blast kills one

In a fertilizer manufacturing facility very close to the Louisana unit, one person was killed when a vessel ruptured when it was being pressurized with nitrogen.
Read about the incident in this link.

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Photos of the fire in chemical plant

See photos of the fire in the chemical plant in Louisana in this link

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June 14, 2013

Explosion in chemical plant

An explosion in a chemical plant (manufacturing ethylene/propylene) in Louisana has killed one person and injured several. We have to wait for the CSB to investigate and report the findings.
Read about the incident in this link
Watch the video in this link.

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June 11, 2013

Rescuers die in a confined space rescue

A tragic accident where two rescuers lost their lives trying to rescue two persons who had lost consciousness inside a chimney is reported in a bio gas plant under construction in Thailand. This incident stresses the need for training would be rescuers. World over, many deaths continue to occur as rescuers enter confined space without proper protection and loose their lives. Read the incident in this link. 

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June 8, 2013

Process safety leadership survey results

A total of 55 readers undertook the survey and I thank them for their participation. The results are given below:
 

1. How much do you think are your top management really committed to process safety?
Very much                                                         39.2 %   
Sometimes                                                        25.9%   
Needs improvement
(they say something and do something else)  34.9%   

2. In times of production problems, do you think process safety gets bypassed according to the urgency?
 Yes                    22.9%   
Sometimes        60.4%   
Never                 16.7%   

3. Do your PSM audit findings receive adequate follow up from top management?
 Yes                                                46.8%   
Needs improvement                      53.2%   

4. Do your inspection departments findings get overruled by top management to maintain production?
 Yes, but with a technical basis     47.9%   
Yes, without a technical basis       25.0%   
No, never                                       27.1%   

5. Do you get contradicting signals from top management regarding process safety?
 No, never              41.7%  
Yes, sometimes    56.3%   
Yes, always           2.0%     

6. Do you feel the root cause analysis of process incidents and near misses really bring out the root causes?
Yes                       72.9%   
No                         27.1%   

                             
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June 5, 2013

June 1, 2013

Lessons from the near miss at Heathrow airport

Last week, a plane had to make an emergency landing at Heathrow airport soon after take off as one of the engines failed. No one was injured. Preliminary investigations have revealed that the engine cowls (covers) on both the engines were left unlocked and came off during take off, damaging the engine and other parts.
The air accident investigation board's report indicates that there had been 32 previously reported fan cowl door detachment events, 80% of which had occurred during the takeoff phase of flight!

Read the report in this link. 



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