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Document ID (ISN)62638
CIS number 94-1361
ISBN(s) 0-7176-0707-0
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s)
Health and Safety Executive
Title The fire at Allied Colloids Limited
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk C010 6FS, United Kingdom, 1993. iv, 45p. Illus. 11 ref. Price: GBP 9.00.
Abstract A report of the HSE's investigation into the fire at Allied Colloids Ltd., Low Moor, Bradford, United Kingdom on 21 July 1992. The fire was preceded by the rupture of some azodiisobutyronitrile (AZDN) containers which were accidentally heated by an adjacent steam condensate pipe. The released AZDN came into contact with oxidizing agents causing delayed ignition followed by a series of explosions and an intense fire. The investigation showed the incident to be an example of a number of apparently unrelated errors, omissions and failures resulting in a major fire that had serious safety, environmental and financial consequences.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; fire hazards; azobisisobutyronitrile; chemical plant; explosion hazards; warehouses
Descriptors (secondary) flammable substances; oxidizing substances; neighbourhood populations; environmental pollution; report on investigation; accident descriptions
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Fire and explosions
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Storage and warehousing
Explosions
Fires
Cyano compounds