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Safety board probes Chevron California refinery fire

08.08.2012  | 

The explosion and fire involved the release of vapor that found an ignition source, CSB said, citing Chevron officials. Four workers sustained minor injuries and thousands of residents were ordered to shelter in place.

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A seven-member investigative team from the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of an explosion and fire that occurred Monday at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California.

The team will be headed by Donald Holmstrom, director of the CSB’s Western Regional Office in Denver, Colorado, and is expected to begin work Wednesday.

Board member Mark Griffon will accompany the team.

The explosion and fire involved the release of vapor that found an ignition source, the CSB said, citing Chevron officials.

Four workers sustained minor injuries and several thousand members of the public were ordered to shelter in place, the CSB said.

“CSB investigations examine a wide range of safety issues such as effective process safety management and mechanical integrity,” said CSB chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso.

“Our mission is to improve the safety of workers and the public.“

The CSB is an independent US federal agency charged with investigating serious chemical accidents.



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Hye Kyung Timken
08.10.2012

I am not impressed with Chem Safety Board in general. After many major incidents, I see news like this that they sent an investigation team. After that, we do not hear any report or any conclusion of investigations. Are they taking more investigation tasks than they can handle for the size of the orgamization? I would rather want them to take less number of incidents, do complete each investigation carefully and follow through their discoveries. In this way, they can make more lasting impact. It appears that they care more about publicity than improving the safety of chemical industry.

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