February, 2014

This is a repeating event

201412FebAll DayTesoro (Martinez) Toxic Release 2014Tesoro Martinez (US-CA) Origin: CSB Lessons:Commitment & Culture,Performance IndicatorsIndustry:RefiningCountry:United StatesLanguage:ENLoC:DeteriorationIncident:Fluid release to groundHazard:CorrosiveCause:MaintenanceImpact:HUMAN (On Site Injuries)Consequence:< 100 InjuriesMaterial:Sulfuric Acid

Summary

On February 12, 2014, a mechanical integrity failure released sulfuric acid in the alkylation unit, which burned two Tesoro Martinez refinery employees. Approximately 84,000 pounds of sulfuric acid were released during the incident.

On March 10, 2014, sulfuric acid sprayed and burned two contract workers while they removed piping in the same alkylation unit. The CSB found that this second incident shared similar causation with a 1999 incident at the same refinery, then called the Avon refinery, owned by the Tosco Corporation, that resulted in four fatalities. Similarities between the two incidents suggest that the Tesoro Martinez refinery did not effectively continue to implement or communicate important safety lessons from the 1999 Tosco incident.

KEY ISSUES:
• PROCESS SAFETY CULTURE
• PROCESS SAFETY INDICATORS

ROOT CAUSES:
1. The safety culture at the Tesoro Martinez refinery created conditions conducive to the occurrence and recurrence of process safety incidents that caused worker injuries at the refinery over several years.
2. Prior sulfuric acid exposure incidents at the Tesoro Martinez refinery could have properly been considered leading indicators of an impending serious chemical accident and then triggered preventive inspections and review of the refinery’s safety systems and equipment.


Image & AcciMap Credit: CSB


Image credit: CSB

Origin

CSBUS Chemical Safety Board

Time

Wed 12 Feb 2014 - Wed 12 Feb 2014

Location

Golden Eagle Refinery

Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery, 150 Solano Way, Pacheco, CA 94553, United States

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