December 25, 2016

December 15, 2016

Hot work accident kills 3

A hot work accident in a detergent manufacturing plant in North India has reportedly killed tbree persons. It appears that the workers were trying to remove some bolts that were corroded when the explosion occured.
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December 12, 2016

Accident in plant kills 1

Thanks to Shri M.K.Rao executive director India Glycols Limited  for sharing this link
http://www.wltx.com/news/local/explosion-at-calhoun-county-plant-injuries-reported/364147611
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December 9, 2016

Vessel overpressurisation incident

Vessel overpressurisation incident

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December 6, 2016

The importance of SOP's for start up after an emergency shutdown

After an investigation of a fatal refinery furnace explosion, OSHA has concluded that catastrophic incident all started with a power outage. The report mentions an emergency shutdown that apparently took place in the furnace unit where the victim was working just before the explosion. The emergency shutdown was needed after a power outage occured, and a furnace exploded when workers were lighting up burners to bring the plant back online.
OSHA claims the company failed to provide clear instructions to operators for proper startup and use procedures after an emergency shutdown. The citation notification issued by OSHA said the same startup procedures were used for normal startup and startup after an emergency shutdown.
OSHA also claims proper furnace purging procedures were not performed on the furnace that eventually exploded and killed the victim.


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December 3, 2016

Another Anniversary of Bhopal but have we learnt the lessons?

In my view, the answer to the questions posed in the title of this blogspot is sadly "NO". We are making the same mistakes as Bhopal even today, as shown by the root causes of incidents that occur in current times. Please spend this week in your organisation as "Process Safety Management Week - Lessons from Bhopal" and educate your young workforce.
See all my earlier postings on Bhopal in this link.

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December 1, 2016

Lessons Learned from a Hydrogen Explosion

Lessons Learned from a Hydrogen Explosion: On January 8, 2007, a hydrogen explosion at the Muskingum River Power Plant’s 585-MW coal-fired supercritical Unit 5 caused one fatality, injuries to 10 other people, and significant damage to several buildings. The explosion occurred during a routine delivery of hydrogen when a hydrogen relief device failed, which allowed the contents of the hydrogen tank to escape and be ignited by an unknown source. This article covers the findings of the incident investigation and the actions the plant has taken to prevent a reoccurrence.


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