October, 2014

This is a repeating event

201423OctAll DayGASCADE EXPLOSION 2014Gascade, Ludwigshafen (DE)Lessons:Asset integrity,Audits & Reviews,Competency,Compliance with Standards,Control of Work,Emergency Preparedness,Incident Investigation,Operational Integrity,Risk Assessment,Workforce InvolvementIndustry:PipelinesCountry:GermanyLanguage:ENLoC:Impact Origin: MKOPSC Incident:EXPLOSIONHazards:FlammableImpact:HUMAN (On Site Fatalities)Effects:1-10 FatalitiesMaterial:Methane


Gas leaked out of a pipeline, which had been damaged by excavation work. Local news reported that the pipe exploded when it was hit by a digger. It caught fire followed by an explosion. An entire neighborhood was devastated

Source: A web-based collection and analysis of process safety incidents (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0950423016302285)
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MKOPSCMary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center