July, 2015

This is a repeating event

201501JulAll DayHoyer Hazardous Release 2015Hoyer, Huddersfield (GB)Lessons:Asset integrity,Competency,Compliance with Standards,Control of Work,Operating Procedures,Stakeholder Engagement,Workforce InvolvementIndustry:RoadCountry:United KingdomLanguage:ENLoC:Operator error Origin: MKOPSC Incident:Fluid release to groundHazards:FlammableContributory Factors:Containment Failure,Design of Plant,Organized ProceduresImpact:HUMAN (Offsite At Risk)Effects:EnvironmentalMaterial:Oil based solvent


Several main roads closed after a tanker carrying potentially hazardous chemicals spilled some of its load.

Proximate causes:
• Improperly prepared equipment
• Inadequate engineering/design
• Improper handling of materials (the chemical had leaked from the tanks which were not properly secured)

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


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