September, 2014

This is a repeating event

201423SepAll DayLUXIANG BARIUM EXPLOSION 2014Huaihua, Hunan (CN)Lessons:Commitment & Culture,Competency,Compliance with Standards,Control of Work,Operating Procedures,Operational Integrity,Operational Readiness,Performance Indicators,Process Knowledge,Risk Assessment,Workforce InvolvementIndustry:ChemicalsCountry:ChinaLanguage:ENLoC:UNKNOWN Origin: MKOPSC Incident:Dust explosionHazards:Oxidising,ToxicContributory Factors:Organization Inadequate,Organized Procedures,Training/InstructionImpact:HUMAN (On Site Fatalities)Effects:1-10 FatalitiesMaterial:Barium nitrate


An explosion occurred during the maintenance of the mill in Luxiang company

Proximate causes:
• Inadequate training/knowledge transfer (Lack of understanding the process);
• Lack of work rules/policies/ standards/procedures (wrong procedures for inspections);
• Inadequate work rules plan (lack of the pre-start safety review before inspection).

Source: A web-based collection and analysis of process safety incidents (
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MKOPSCMary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center