July, 2015

This is a repeating event

201516JulAll DaySHITAR EXPLOSION 2015Shitar Science & Technology, Rizhao City, Shandong (CN)Lessons:Commitment & Culture,Competency,Compliance with Standards,Control of Work,Emergency Preparedness,Operating Procedures,Operational Integrity,Operational Readiness,Process Knowledge,Risk Assessment,Stakeholder Engagement,Workforce InvolvementIndustry:PetrochemicalsCountry:ChinaLanguage:ENLoC:Fire exposure Origin: MKOPSC Incident:EXPLOSIONHazards:FlammableContributory Factors:Component MalfunctionImpact:HUMAN (On Site At Risk)Effects:EnvironmentalMaterial:Liquid hydrogen


A massive explosion occurred in a chemical plant. 130 firefighters came to control the blaze. The explosion occurred after a large-size tank containing liquid hydrogen caught fire

Proximate causes:
• Inadequate tools, equipment & vehicles (leak of a 1000 square meters tank containing petrochemical product)

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


MKOPSCMary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center