May, 2018

This is a repeating event

201819MayAll DayKuraray America Explosion 2018Kuraray America Pasadena (US-TX) Origin: CSB Lessons:Control of WorkIndustry:PetrochemicalsCountry:United StatesLanguage:ENLoC:Genuine release

Summary

An explosion at Kuraray America on May 19, 2018, injured 21 workers at the EVAL facility in Pasadena, Texas. The facility manufactures ethylene vinyl-alcohol copolymers, sold as EVAL. Kuraray America is a Tokyo-based specialty chemical manufacturer.

During pre-startup pressure-testing activities of a chemical reactor, an abnormal high-pressure condition occurred and over 2,000 pounds of ethylene were released to the atmosphere from a pressure relief valve. The ethylene vapors ignited, resulting in worker injuries. Twenty-one injured workers were transported to off-site medical facilities for treatment.

KEY ISSUES:
• HOT WORK


Image credit: CSB

Origin

CSBUS Chemical Safety Board

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