|Document ID (ISN)||56962|
|Convention or series no.
Health and Safety Executive
||The fires and explosion at BP Oil (Grangemouth) Refinery Ltd
||HMSO Books, P.O. Box 276, London SW8 5DT, United Kingdom, 1989. 44p. Illus. 3 ref. Price: GBP 7.50.
||This report describes the investigations into 3 separate maintenance related incidents within a major British company in 1987. Investigation of a fire of flammable liquids during maintenance of a refinery flare system showed that potential ignition sources had not been rigorously excluded, means of escape were inadequate, and permit-to-work procedures had been implemented without sufficient awareness of potential hazards. A fire and explosion during recommissioning of a refinery hydrocracker resulted from the rupture of a vessel following breakthrough of high pressure hydrogen, probably caused by inadequate operating practices and the disconnection of safety devices. Evasion of safety rules led to a fire in a storage tank at a crude oil terminal; smoking caused ignition.
||United Kingdom; fire; petroleum refining; major hazards; gas explosions
||flammable liquids; report; sources of ignition; maintenance; disobeying safety instructions; unsafe practices; management failure; material failure; permits-to-work; accident descriptions
||E - Books, reports, proceedings
|Country / State or Province||United Kingdom|
||Fire and explosions
|Broad subject area(s)
||Fires, explosions and major hazards
Petroleum and natural gas industry