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US safety board to probe Williams olefins blast

06.16.2013  |  HP News

The CSB looks at all areas of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations and industry standards.

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The US Chemical Safety Board has deployed an investigative team to the scene of a fire and explosion that occurred last Thursday at the Williams olefins plant in Geismar, Louisiana.

Zachary C. Green, 29, and Scott Thrower, 47, died during the Thursday morning incident, while 77 others were injured.

More than 800 people were at the plant when the explosion happened.

The investigative team will be led by Don Holmstrom, director of the CSB's Western Regional Office. The team arrived in Louisiana over the weekend.

The CSB is an independent US federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agency’s board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.



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Nei Pizzati Sales
06.18.2013

Hope to find out precisely the root- cause and to be a lesson for future.

P Vijayaraghavan
06.18.2013

very unfortunate. the investgations will definitely bring out human factors and cultural issues as well as failure to recognise earlier warnings. these will improve process safety management in our continual learning and improvement process.

HK
06.18.2013

Is the fatality figure (47 died) is correct?
Can any body share what is priliminary root cauase of the incident? Why large number of poeple present at site before explosion - Due to turnaround activity?

Abdelkader
06.17.2013

Unfortunately we lost 2 guys during this accident and it could be worst. All what we have to do now is to concentrate on what has happened and how to avoid it in the future '' Lesson learnt''. I have been associated to many RCA (Root Cause Analysis) studies & believe me if I say for many reasons not every thing is said. That why I hope and I am confident that the specialists have to investigate every things: Procedures, Specifications, Material selection, Human being, etc.

Ahmad Kusha
06.17.2013

Hope to find out precisely the root- cause and to be a lesson for future.

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