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Document ID (ISN)63341
CIS number 94-2061
ISBN(s) 0-7176-0702-X
Year 1994
Convention or series no.
Author(s)
Health and Safety Executive
Title The fire at Hickson & Welch Ltd.
Bibliographic information HSE Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 6FS, United Kingdom, 1994. vi, 42p. Illus. 5 ref. Price: GBP 11.00
Abstract Report of the investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the fatal fire at the chemical factory of Hickson & Welch Ltd, Castleford, United Kingdom on 21 September 1992. A jet of flame erupted from an access opening on the side of a batch still during a non-routine clean-out operation. The flame cut through an office/control building nearby and also struck a larger office block. The incident could have been prevented if the hazards and risks associated with the operation had been accurately assessed beforehand and suitable precautions taken. The report highlights several important lessons of general relevance to the chemical industry.
Descriptors (primary) flammable liquids; United Kingdom; chemical plant; distillation; fire
Descriptors (secondary) report; accident descriptions; penalties; report on investigation; management failure
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) Fires