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Informes Investigacion Accidentes Industriales CSB. U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

Posted by Firestation en 09/02/2010

INDSPEC Chemical Corporation Oleum Release

INDSPEC Chemical Corporation Oleum Release
Final Report Released On: September 30, 2009On October 11, 2008, a transfer operation overflowed an oleum process tank, filling a vent system and releasing the oleum into a storage building at Indspec Chemical Corporation in Petrolia, Penn… Learn More

Imperial Sugar Company Dust Explosion and Fire

Imperial Sugar Company Dust Explosion and Fire
Final Report Released On: September 24, 2009On February 7, 2008, a huge explosion and fire occurred at the Imperial Sugar refinery northwest of Savannah, Georgia, causing 14 deaths and injuring 38 others, including 14 with serious and life… Learn More

T2 Laboratories Inc. Reactive Chemical Explosion

T2 Laboratories Inc. Reactive Chemical Explosion
Final Report Released On: September 15, 2009On December 19, 2007, four people were killed and 13 others were transported to the hospital when an explosion occured at T2 Laboratories Inc. during the production of a gasoline additive called … Learn More

Allied Terminals Fertilizer Tank Collapse

Allied Terminals Fertilizer Tank Collapse
Final Report Released On: May 27, 2009On November 12, 2008 a two-million-gallon liquid fertilizer storage tank collapsed at the Allied Terminal distribution facility in Chesapeake, VA. The incident critically injured two contract wor… Learn More

Little General Store Propane Explosion

Little General Store Propane Explosion
Final Report Released On: September 25, 2008Four people were killed and five others were seriously injured when propane vapors from a storage tank ignited and exploded at the Little General convenience store and gas station in Ghent, West … Learn More

Barton Solvents Flammable Liquid Explosion and Fire

Barton Solvents Flammable Liquid Explosion and Fire
Final Report Released On: September 18, 2008On October 29, 2007, a fire and series of explosions occurred at the Barton Solvents chemical distribution facility in Des Moines, Iowa, . The initial fire started in the packaging area while a 3… Learn More

Valero Refinery Propane Fire

Valero Refinery Propane Fire
Final Report Released On: July 09, 2008On February 16, 2007, a propane fire erupted at the Valero McKee Refinery in Sunray, Texas, north of Amarillo. Three workers suffered serious burns, and the refinery was forced to shut down. The … Learn More

Barton Solvents Explosions and Fire

Barton Solvents Explosions and Fire
Final Report Released On: June 26, 2008On July 17, 2007, explosions and fire erupted at the Barton Solvents facility in Valley Center, Kansas, north of Wichita. The incident led to the evacuation of thousands of residents and resulted… Learn More

CAI / Arnel Chemical Plant Explosion

CAI / Arnel Chemical Plant Explosion
Final Report Released On: May 13, 2008During the early morning hours of November 22, a powerful explosion destroyed the CAI/Arnel ink and paint manufacturing facility in Danvers, Massachusetts. Scores of nearby homes and businesses w… Learn More

EQ Hazardous Waste Plant Explosions and Fire

EQ Hazardous Waste Plant Explosions and Fire
Final Report Released On: April 16, 2008Explosions and fire at a hazardous waste facility forced the evacuation of approximately 16,000 residents from Apex, North Carolina, on October 5, 2006. The incident likely began in the oxidizer … Learn More

Synthron Chemical Explosion

Synthron Chemical Explosion
Final Report Released On: July 31, 2007One worker was fatally burned and about a dozen others were injured when a powerful explosion devastated the Synthron Inc. chemical manufacturing facility. CSB investigators believe the explosion… Learn More

Emergency Shutdown Systems for Chlorine Transfer

Emergency Shutdown Systems for Chlorine Transfer
Final Report Released On: June 14, 2007This bulletin compares two chlorine releases investigated by the CSB. In both, a railcar unloading hose failed and chlorine was released. In the first incident, an emergency shutdown system malf… Learn More

Partridge Raleigh Oilfield Explosion and Fire

Partridge Raleigh Oilfield Explosion and Fire
Final Report Released On: June 12, 2007Three contractors died and one contractor suffered serious injuries in an explosion and fire at the Partridge-Raleigh Oilfield. The contractors, all employees of Stringer Oilfield Services, were … Learn More

Universal Form Clamp Co. Explosion and Fire

Universal Form Clamp Co. Explosion and Fire
Final Report Released On: April 10, 2007One fatality and five injuries resulted from an explosion and fire in a mixing room at the Universal Form Clamp facility. Workers were heating and mixing flammable solvents in an open top tank. D… Learn More

BP America Refinery Explosion

BP America Refinery Explosion
Final Report Released On: March 20, 2007At approximately 1:20 p.m. on March 23, 2005, a series of explosions occurred at the BP Texas City refinery during the restarting of a hydrocarbon isomerization unit. Fifteen workers were killed … Learn More

Bethune Point Wastewater Plant Explosion

Bethune Point Wastewater Plant Explosion
Final Report Released On: March 13, 2007Two municipal workers died and another was seriously injured while attempting to remove a steel canopy above a methanol storage tank at the Bethune Point wastewater plant operated by the City of … Learn More

Formosa Plastics Vinyl Chloride Explosion

Formosa Plastics Vinyl Chloride Explosion
Final Report Released On: March 06, 2007On April 23, 2004, five workers were fatally injured and two others were seriously injured when an explosion occurred in a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production unit at Formosa Plastics in Illiopol… Learn More

DPC Enterprises Chlorine Release

DPC Enterprises Chlorine Release
Final Report Released On: February 28, 2007On November 17, 2003, there was a release of chlorine gas from the DPC Enterprises chlorine repackaging facility in Glendale, Arizona, near Phoenix. Fourteen people, including ten police officers… Learn More

Combustible Dust Hazard Investigation

Combustible Dust Hazard Investigation
Final Report Released On: November 09, 2006In 2003, the CSB launched investigations of three major industrial explosions involving combustible powders. These explosions – in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Indiana – cost 14 lives and caused… Learn More

Valero Refinery Asphyxiation Incident

Valero Refinery Asphyxiation Incident
Final Report Released On: November 02, 2006Two contract employees were overcome and fatally injured by nitrogen as they performed maintenance work near a 24-inch opening on the top of a reactor. One of the workers died attempting rescue. … Learn More

Positive Material Verification: Prevent Errors

Positive Material Verification: Prevent Errors
Final Report Released On: October 15, 2006On July 28, 2005, 4 months after a devastating incident in the Isomerization (Isom) Unit that killed 15 workers and injured 180, the BP Texas City refinery experienced a major fire in the Resi… Learn More

Formosa Plastics Propylene Explosion

Formosa Plastics Propylene Explosion
Final Report Released On: July 20, 2006A forklift towing a trailer collided with a line containing highly flammable liquid propylene, causing a release and a vapor cloud explosion. Sixteen workers were injured, the process unit was he… Learn More

Praxair Flammable Gas Cylinder Fire

Praxair Flammable Gas Cylinder Fire
Final Report Released On: June 15, 2006On June 24, 2005, fire swept through thousands of flammable gas cylinders at the Praxair gas repackaging plant in St. Louis, Missouri. Dozens of exploding cylinders were launched into the surroun… Learn More

Marcus Oil and Chemical Tank Explosion

Marcus Oil and Chemical Tank Explosion
Final Report Released On: June 06, 2006On the evening of December 3, a storage tank failed catastrophically at the Marcus Oil and Chemical polyethylene wax facility in Houston. The blast, which was felt up to 20 miles from the plant s… Learn More

MFG Chemical Inc. Toxic Gas Release

MFG Chemical Inc. Toxic Gas Release
Final Report Released On: April 11, 2006On the evening of April 12, 2004, a chemical reactor overheated at the MFG Chemical manufacturing plant, releasing toxic allyl alcohol vapor. The resulting cloud sent 154 people to a local hospit… Learn More

Sterigenics Ethylene Oxide Explosion

Sterigenics Ethylene Oxide Explosion
Final Report Released On: March 30, 2006At approximately 3:00 p.m. on August 19, 2004, an explosion occurred inside an ethylene oxide sterilization chamber and an associated thermal oxidizer at the Sterigenics facility in Ontario, Cali… Learn More

Acetylene Service Company Gas Explosion

Acetylene Service Company Gas Explosion
Final Report Released On: January 26, 2006On January 25, 2005, a gas explosion killed three workers at the Acetylene Service Company plant in Perth Amboy, NJ. The blast originated in a wooden shed located near six large storage tanks tha… Learn More

Giant Industries Refinery Explosions and Fire

Giant Industries Refinery Explosions and Fire
Final Report Released On: October 26, 2005On April 8, 2004, four workers were seriously injured when highly flammable gasoline components were released and ignited at the Giant Industries Ciniza refinery, east of Gallup, New Mexico. The … Learn More

Hayes Lemmerz Dust Explosions and Fire

Hayes Lemmerz Dust Explosions and Fire
Final Report Released On: September 27, 2005On the evening of October 29, 2003, a series of explosions severely burned two workers, injured a third, and caused property damage to the Hayes Lemmerz manufacturing plant in Huntington, Indiana… Learn More

Honeywell Chemical Incidents

Honeywell Chemical Incidents
Final Report Released On: August 08, 2005On July 20, 2003, there was a release of chlorine gas from the Honeywell refrigerant manufacturing plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The accident resulted in the hospitalization of four plant work… Learn More

CTA Acoustics Dust Explosion and Fire

CTA Acoustics Dust Explosion and Fire
Final Report Released On: February 15, 2005On February 20, 2003, an explosion and fire damaged the CTA Acoustics manufacturing plant in Corbin, Kentucky, fatally injuring seven workers. The facility produced fiberglass insulation for the … Learn More

West Pharmaceutical Services Dust Explosion and Fire

West Pharmaceutical Services Dust Explosion and Fire
Final Report Released On: September 23, 2004On January 29, 2003, an explosion and fire destroyed the West Pharmaceutical Services plant in Kinston, North Carolina, causing six deaths, dozens of injuries, and hundreds of job losses. The fac… Learn More

Isotec/Sigma Aldrich Nitric Oxide Explosion

Isotec/Sigma Aldrich Nitric Oxide Explosion
Final Report Released On: August 24, 2004On September 21, 2003, a violent explosion destroyed an underground distillation tower at the Isotec chemical manufacturing plant in Miami Township, Ohio, injuring one worker. The explosion ruptu… Learn More

Technic Inc. Ventilation System Explosion

Technic Inc. Ventilation System Explosion
Final Report Released On: August 20, 2004On February 7, 2003, a worker was seriously injured in an explosion at Technic Inc. in Cranston, Rhode Island. The explosion occurred during maintenance on a ventilation system connected to multi… Learn More

Removal of Hazardous Material from Piping Systems

Removal of Hazardous Material from Piping Systems
Final Report Released On: July 15, 2004This Safety Bulletin identifies specific tasks that facilities should include in all work activities involving piping or equipment opening to ensure the complete removal of hazardous material. … Learn More

Sodium Hydrosulfide: Preventing Harm

Sodium Hydrosulfide: Preventing Harm
Final Report Released On: July 15, 2004This Safety Bulletin is published to increase awareness of the hazards associated with NaHS and to outline safety practices to minimize the potential for harm to workers and the public…. Learn More

D.D. Williamson & Co. Catastrophic Vessel Failure

D.D. Williamson & Co. Catastrophic Vessel Failure
Final Report Released On: March 12, 2004On the morning of April 11, 2003, one worker was killed at the D.D. Williamson food additive plant in Louisville, Kentucky, when a process vessel became overpressurized and failed catastrophicall… Learn More

Catalyst Systems Inc. Reactive Chemical Explosion

Catalyst Systems Inc. Reactive Chemical Explosion
Final Report Released On: October 29, 2003On January 2, 2003, a vacuum dryer holding nearly 200 pounds of benzoyl peroxide exploded at the Catalyst Systems Inc. production facility in Gnadenhutten, Ohio. Employees were in the process of … Learn More

First Chemical Corp. Reactive Chemical Explosion

First Chemical Corp. Reactive Chemical Explosion
Final Report Released On: October 15, 2003On October 13, 2002, a violent explosion occurred in a chemical distillation tower at First Chemical Corporation in Pascagoula, Mississippi, sending heavy debris over a wide area. Three workers i… Learn More

Kaltech Industries Waste Mixing Explosion

Kaltech Industries Waste Mixing Explosion
Final Report Released On: September 30, 2003On April 25, 2002, an explosion occurred at Kaltech Industries, a sign manufacturer in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, injuring 36 people seriously enough to seek hospital treatment, i… Learn More

Environmental Enterprises Hydrogen Sulfide Release

Environmental Enterprises Hydrogen Sulfide Release
Final Report Released On: September 17, 2003On December 11, 2002, one maintenance employee was overcome when he inhaled hydrogen sulfide gas from a waste processing vessel at Environmental Enterprises, a hazardous waste treatment company i… Learn More

BLSR Operating Ltd. Vapor Cloud Fire

BLSR Operating Ltd. Vapor Cloud Fire
Final Report Released On: September 17, 2003On January 13, 2003, a vapor cloud fire erupted at the BLSR Operating Ltd. oilfield waste disposal facility near Rosharon, Texas, south of Houston. The fire occurred as two vacuum trucks were del… Learn More

Hazards of Nitrogen Asphyxiation

Hazards of Nitrogen Asphyxiation
Final Report Released On: June 25, 2003Every year people are killed by breathing “air” that contains too little oxygen. Because 78 percent of the air we breathe is nitrogen gas, many people assume that nitrogen is not harmful. Howev… Learn More

DPC Enterprises Chlorine Release

DPC Enterprises Chlorine Release
Final Report Released On: May 01, 2003On August 14, 2002, a chlorine transfer hose ruptured during a rail car unloading operation at the DPC Enterprises chlorine repackaging facility near Festus, Missouri. The hose rupture ultimately… Learn More

Third Coast Industries Petroleum Products Facility Fire

Third Coast Industries Petroleum Products Facility Fire
Final Report Released On: March 06, 2003On May 1, 2002, a fire erupted at Third Coast Industries in unincorporated Brazoria County, Texas. The facility, which blended and packaged motor oils and other automotive products, was not desig… Learn More

Georgia-Pacific Corp. Hydrogen Sulfide Poisoning

Georgia-Pacific Corp. Hydrogen Sulfide Poisoning
Final Report Released On: November 20, 2002On January 16, 2002, highly toxic hydrogen sulfide gas leaked from a sewer manway at the Georgia-Pacific Naheola mill in Pennington, Alabama. Several people working near the manway were exposed t… Learn More

Improving Reactive Hazard Management

Improving Reactive Hazard Management
Final Report Released On: September 17, 2002In August 2000, following its investigation of a serious reactive incident at Morton International, the Board initiated a comprehensive review of reactive hazards nationwide. The purpose of the … Learn More

Motiva Enterprises Sulfuric Acid Tank Explosion

Motiva Enterprises Sulfuric Acid Tank Explosion
Final Report Released On: August 28, 2002On July 17, 2001, an explosion occurred at the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Delaware City, Delaware. A work crew had been repairing a catwalk above a sulfuric acid storage tank farm when a spar… Learn More

BP Amoco Thermal Decomposition Incident

BP Amoco Thermal Decomposition Incident
Final Report Released On: May 20, 2002On March 13, 2001, three people were killed as they opened a process vessel containing hot plastic at the BP Amoco Polymers plant in Augusta, Georgia. They were unaware that the vessel was press… Learn More

Concept Sciences Hydroxylamine Explosion

Concept Sciences Hydroxylamine Explosion
Final Report Released On: February 01, 2002On February 19, 1999, a process vessel containing several hundred pounds of hydroxylamine exploded at the Concept Sciences Inc. production facility near Allentown, Pennsylvania. Employees were di… Learn More

Bethlehem Steel Corporation Gas Condensate Fire

Bethlehem Steel Corporation Gas Condensate Fire
Final Report Released On: December 06, 2001On February 2, 2001, a fire occurred at Bethlehem Steel Corporation’s Burns Harbor mill in Chesterton, Indiana. One Bethlehem Steel millwright and one contractor supervisor died. Four Bethlehem S… Learn More

Management of Change
Final Report Released On: August 28, 2001The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) issues this Safety Bulletin to focus attention on the need for systematically managing the safety effects of process changes in the c… Learn More

Tosco Avon Refinery Petroleum Naphtha Fire

Tosco Avon Refinery Petroleum Naphtha Fire
Final Report Released On: March 21, 2001On February 23, 1999, a fire occurred in the crude unit at Tosco Corporation. Avon oil refinery in Martinez, California. Workers were attempting to replace piping attached to a 150-foot-tall frac… Learn More

Sonat Exploration Co. Catastrophic Vessel Overpressurization

Sonat Exploration Co. Catastrophic Vessel Overpressurization
Final Report Released On: September 21, 2000At approximately 6:15 p.m. on March 4, 1998, a catastrophic vessel failure and fire occurred near Pitkin, Louisiana, at the Temple 22-1 Common Point Separation Facility owned by Sonat Exploration… Learn More

Morton International Inc. Runaway Chemical Reaction

Morton International Inc. Runaway Chemical Reaction
Final Report Released On: August 16, 2000On April 8, 1998, an explosion and fire occurred during the production of Automate Yellow 96 Dye at the Morton International Inc. plant in Paterson, New Jersey. The explosion and fire were the co… Learn More

Herrig Brothers Farm Propane Tank Explosion

Herrig Brothers Farm Propane Tank Explosion
Final Report Released On: June 23, 1999On April 9, 1998, an 18,000-gallon propane tank exploded at the Herrig Brothers farm in Albert City, Iowa. The explosion killed two volunteer firefighters and injured seven other emergency respon… Learn More

Union Carbide Corp. Nitrogen Asphyxiation Incident

Union Carbide Corp. Nitrogen Asphyxiation Incident
Final Report Released On: February 23, 1999On March 27, 1998, one worker was killed and another seriously injured when they were asphyxiated by nitrogen at Union Carbide Corporation’s Taft/Star Manufacturing Plant in Hahnville, Louisiana…. Learn More

Sierra Chemical Co. High Explosives Accident

Sierra Chemical Co. High Explosives Accident
Final Report Released On: September 23, 1998On January 7, 1998, two explosions in rapid succession destroyed the Sierra Chemical Company Kean Canyon plant near Mustang, Nevada, killing four workers and injuring six others. … Learn More

After Katrina: Special Precautions Needed During Oil and Chemical Facility Startup
The startup of major processes is a hazardous phase in the operation of oil refineries and chemical plants. Hurricane Katrina has now disrupted production at numerous petrochemical facilities in… Learn More

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