US safety board to discuss fatal DuPont plant blast on 19 April

13 April 2012 22:19  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will present the findings from its probe of a fatal explosion at a DuPont plant in New York on 19 April, the panel said on Friday.

The CSB investigated a flammable vapour explosion that occurred on 9 November 2010 at DuPont’s Tonawanda plant near Buffalo. One man died, and another was seriously injured when a storage tank exploded at the plant.

The incident involved a contract welder and foreman who were repairing an agitator support atop an atmospheric storage tank containing flammable vinyl fluoride.

The vapour flowed undetected into the tank and ignited as the welder was repairing the agitator support assembly, the CSB said.

The CSB will hold a public meeting in Buffalo to present its findings and recommendations. “Key issues involved in the investigation concern flammable gas monitoring, tank isolation and hot work permits and sign-offs,” the board said.

The board plans to vote on the final case study at the meeting.

By: Brian Ford
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