February, 2015

This is a repeating event

201516FebAll DayCSX (KANAWHA) EXPLOSION 2015CSX Transportation, Kanawha (US-WV)Lessons:Asset integrity,Audits & Reviews,Competency,Compliance with Standards,Contractor Management,Management of Change,Operating Procedures,Performance Indicators,Risk Assessment,Workforce InvolvementIndustry:RailCountry:United StatesLanguage:ENLoC:Transport Origin: MKOPSC Incident:FireballHazards:FlammableContributory Factors:Organized ProceduresImpact:HUMAN (Offsite Injuries)Effects:< 100 InjuriesMaterial:Crude Oil


A rail car with more than 100 tanks of crude bakken oil derailed in West Virginia, generating a huge fireball, the evacuation of hundreds of people and, a spill into the Kanawha River.

Hundreds evacuated – FRE issued CSX and Sperry Rail Service $25.000 fines each

Proximate causes:
• Inadequate tools, equipment & vehicles (rail defect)

Source: A web-based collection and analysis of process safety incidents (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0950423016302285)
Image Credit: US Coast Guard


MKOPSCMary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center