April, 2015

This is a repeating event

201506AprAll DayDRAGON AROMATICS EXPLOSION 2015Dragon Aromatics, Zhangzhou City, Fujian (CN)Lessons:Audits & Reviews,Commitment & Culture,Competency,Compliance with Standards,Control of Work,Emergency Preparedness,Incident Investigation,Management of Change,Operating Procedures,Operational Integrity,Operational Readiness,Process Knowledge,Risk Assessment,Stakeholder Engagement,Workforce InvolvementIndustry:PipelinesCountry:ChinaLanguage:ENLoC:UNKNOWN Origin: MKOPSC Incident:VCEHazards:FlammableContributory Factors:Manufacture/ConstructionImpact:HUMAN (Offsite Injuries)Effects:< 100 InjuriesMaterial:Paraxylene


A blast occurred in a pumping station, after leaking oil caught fire. 177 fire engines and more than 800 firefighters were rushed to the blaze, and more than 14,000 residents in the surrounding area were evacuated.

Proximate causes:
• Improper use of protective methods (Improper welding of conveying pipe)

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


MKOPSCMary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center