Statistics show that for every 1,000 pump failures in
hydrocarbon processing plants, there will
be a fire. Fig. 1 shows a typical visible outcome, and the
final bill for remedying such disastrous results can amount to
hundreds of millions of dollars.
Scene of a refinery
(Source: Release No. 2004-08-I-NM; US
Chemical Safety Board; http://www.csb.gov).