Difficult Drafting Made Easy

Pump-crane-engine package makes water more accessible Williams Fire & Hazard Control’s latest development in submersible pump systems played a key role in an elaborate drafting exercise to support the company’s Big Gun demonstrations at the annual XTREME Industrial Fire & Hazard Training in May. The new Dependapower package includes dual submersible pumps, a Palfinger 9001-EH wireless remote control deployment crane and a Caterpillar C9 diesel engine rated at 375 horsepower, all combined in one transportable unit, said WF&HC emergency response and training director Chauncey Naylor. “It’s something we’ve been looking at for a long time,” he said. “Nobody has built anything like this suitable for our use so we built our own.” Large volumes of water are usually the most critical resource in firefighting. However, water is not always readily accessible, particularly when the fire pump is greatly elevated above the water level.  Dependapower moves water in difficult drafting situations where...
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Sulfuric Acid

CSB releases final report on series of acid releases at a California refinery A final report into multiple sulfuric acid releases that occurred in 2014 at the Tesoro Refinery in Martinez, CA, has been released by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.. The report includes key process safety findings related to safety culture, safety indicators, and the continued need for a proactive regulator to conduct preventive inspections. On February 12, 2014, an incident occurred at the Tesoro Refinery in Martinez, which burned two workers and released an estimated 84,000 pounds of sulfuric acid. Less than a month later, on March 10, 2014, sulfuric acid sprayed and burned two contract workers during the removal of piping. Both incidents occurred in the refinery’s alkylation unit – where high-octane blending components are produced for gasoline. Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland said, “The CSB urges all refineries to review the key findings and conclusions of the board’s...
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Williams F&HC

XTREME returns to Texas A&M in June 2017 Tyco Williams Fire & Hazard Control’s annual Xtreme Industrial Fire & Hazard Training will celebrate its 24th anniversary in 2017 by returning to the fire school where it originated at – Brayton Field in College Station, TX. Robert Moore, director of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s Emergency Services Training Institute, said discussions to conduct the Xtreme school at Brayton have been ongoing for years. “It just makes sense to have one of the best fire schools operating today located at Brayton,” Moore said. Drawing emergency responders specializing in industrial fire from around the world, the Xtreme school at Brayton is scheduled for June 5 through 8, 2017. Registration for the school through the WF&HC website begins in June 2016. Chauncey Naylor, director of emergency response training and education for WF&HC, said the first Xtreme schools, then known as the Les Williams Flammable...
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Safety Alert

Document details continued gaps in key industry standard to prevent catastrophic accidents similar to the fatal 2010 Anacortes refinery explosion. Washington, DC August 11, 2016 – Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) issued a safety alert entitled “CSB Safety Alert: Preventing High Temperature Hydrogen Attack (HTHA)” focused on preventing accidents similar to the fatal 2010 explosion and fire at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes, WA that fatally injured 7 workers. The CSB’s investigation into the catastrophic failure of a forty-year-old heat exchanger at the Tesoro Refinery determined that the fatal explosion and fire was caused by a damage mechanism known as high temperature hydrogen attack, or HTHA, which severely cracked and weakened the carbon steel heat exchanger over time, leading to a rupture. The CSB’s report released in May 2014 concluded that the standard industry uses for determining vulnerability of equipment to HTHA is inadequate.  To address its findings, the...
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Hot Work

CSB deploys investigators to injury incident in Port Arthur Washington DC, August 15, 2016 - An investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of an incident that injured seven workers – including three critically – that occurred Friday August 12 at the Sunoco Logistics Partners, a terminal facility in Port Arthur, Texas.  According to initial inquiries the incident involved a flash fire during welding – also referred to as hot work - activities at the facility.  Hot work is defined as burning, welding, or similar spark-producing operations that can ignite fires or explosions.  Media reports state that all of the injured were contractors engaged in work activities on a crude oil pipeline connection.  “The CSB has investigated too many incidents involving hot work – my thoughts go out to the workers and their families affected by this tragedy” said Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland.  “In...
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Low Moor

Service held to commemorate 100th anniversary of munitions factory blast A memorial service has been held to mark the centenary of an explosion at a munitions factory in Bradford which claimed the lives of 40 people.   To read the entire article,  CLICK HERE .
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Plaque Rededicated

City honors memory of three killed in chemical plant explosion Southgate, MI, citizens rededicate plaque honoring three workers killed in chemical plant explosion 15 years ago.   To read the entire article,  CLICK HERE .
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Still no official explanation for 2015 power plant explosion One year later, there's still no word on the exact cause of the catastrophic explosion and fire at the Cabras 3 and 4 power plant.   To read entire article,  CLICK HERE .
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Jim Beam

New form of fire, inspired by bourbon, might help with oil spills A 2011 fire at a whiskey distillery may hold the answer to dealing with future oil spills.   To read the entire article,  CLICK HERE .
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Vigor Industrial

San Francisco Fire Department gets its first new fire boat in 60 years.   The San Francisco Fire Department recently took delivery on its first new fire boat in 60 years.   To read the entire article,  CLICK HERE .
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New York firefighters to employ drones at major fires Drones will soon be taking to the skies to help New York City firefighters battle major fires and emergencies. The New York Times reported Thursday the FDNY will deploy a drone to 2-alarm fires or greater in the next few weeks.   To read the entire article,  CLICK HERE .
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When Not to Pull the Trigger

Storage tank boilover in Nicaragua dies unchallenged Williams Fire & Hazard Control, a Tyco Fire Protection Products business, was ready, willing and able to extinguish the aftermath of a crude oil boilover in Nicaragua that left two 150-foot diameter storage tanks in flames. However, the decision by the local oil company was to let the remaining fire die a slow, natural death.   “The changing dynamics of the scenario kept taking the ball out of our hands,” said Chauncey Naylor, WF&HC director of emergency response and training. “You have a plan but then the situation changes dramatically. So you have to make a new plan.” For Naylor, the biggest triumph of the entire experience was predicting the boilover to within 40 minutes, giving authorities time to clear any personnel in harm’s way. “According to company representatives the crude oil tank boiled over four times in rapid succession, but none of the...
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Apex Blast

NC chemical explosion 10 years later: How it changed hazmat site regulations Ten years ago Wednesday (Oct. 5), an explosion and fire at a hazardous waste transfer facility in Apex forced more than 17,000 people from their homes. FEMA later said it was one of the largest evacuations in the history of the U.S.   To read the entire article,  CLICK HERE .   To read the IFW coverage of the original incident,  CLICK HERE .
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CSB releases final case study into 2013 explosion and fire at Williams Olefins in Geismar, LA The Chemical Safety Board has released its final report into the June 13, 2013, explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar, Louisiana, which killed two employees. The report concludes that process safety management program deficiencies at the Williams Geismar facility during the 12 years leading to the incident allowed a type of heat exchanger called a “reboiler” to be unprotected from overpressure, and ultimately rupture, causing the explosion. The Williams Geismar facility produces ethylene and propylene for the petrochemical industry and employs approximately 110 people. At the time of the incident, approximately 800 contractors worked at the plant on an expansion project aimed at increasing the production of ethylene. The incident occurred during non-routine operational activities that introduced heat to the reboiler, which was offline and isolated from its pressure relief device....
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CSB deploying to site of chemical release in Atchison, KS Washington, DC, October 24, 2016 – An investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has deployed to the scene of a chemical release that led to a shelter-in-place order for thousands of residents and at least 85 members of the public seeking medical attention in Atchison, KS.   The release occurred near an onsite wastewater treatment plant owned and operated by a company that  produces distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches.  The CSB’s four person investigative team will be led by Supervisory Investigator Johnnie Banks. Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland said, “This incident underscores the very serious consequences that can occur when a chemical release goes beyond a facility’s fence line and impacts nearby residents.”  The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agency’s board members are appointed by the president and...
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Corrective Action

PHMSA issues final orders with $732,100 in civil penalties to ONEOK The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today issued three Final Orders with required corrective actions and civil penalties totaling $732,100 to ONEOK NGL Pipeline, L.P., ONEOK NGL Pipeline, L.L.C., and ONEOK Underground Storage Company, L.L.C. (collectively, ONEOK). The final orders are the result of an investigation into a fire that occurred at a ONEOK facility in Bushton, KS that found 15 violations of the pipeline safety regulations in 49 C.F.R. Part 195. ONEOK operates 11,500 miles of pipeline transporting hazardous liquids in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and several other states.  
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Eaton Corporation

Volunteer fire brigade at Nebraska manufacturing plant has been at the ready since 1969 KEARNEY, Neb. — When fire breaks out in the forge shop of Kearney’s Eaton Corp. manufacturing plant, its fire brigade is quick to respond.   To read the entire article,  CLICK HERE .
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West Fargo

Monsanto, Cargill donate grain bin rescue equipment to North Dakota fire department Cargill and Monsanto, teamed up to donate about $8,300 in agriculture rescue equipment to the West Fargo, ND, Fire Department.   To read the entire article,  CLICK HERE .
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South Dakota

OSHA cites ethanol refinery for a May 2016 fire that killed a pipefitter Federal investigators found multiple safety violations at a South Dakota ethanol refinery expansion project after a 38-year-old pipefitter suffered fatal burn injuries when ethanol spilled from a process pipe he was working on and was ignited by flames from nearby welding operations. On Nov. 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued five serious safety violations to the worker's employer Bilfinger-Westcon, the project's construction contractor. Inspectors determined the contractor allowed welding work to occur without verifying that the area was free of flammable liquids. OSHA cited the refinery operator and owner, Sioux River Ethanol LLC which operates as Poet Biorefining-Hudson, for three serious violations of OSHA's process safety management standards including failing to ensure the process pipe being removed did not contain ethanol. "This death was needless and preventable if critical safety standards...
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Energy Center

Connecticut firefighters train at new power plant As construction continues on the 785-megawatt CPV Towantic Energy Center in Oxford, CT, the town’s firefighters recently had a training execise at the site.   To read the entire article,  CLICK HERE .  
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