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Accidental Spillage Of A Reaction Mixture In A Busy Area

Accidental spillage of a reaction mixture in a busy area

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
At a chemical facility, a recently replaced graphite safety disc (nominal diam.: 250) calibrated at 3 bar broke on a 12-m³ reactor used to solubilize a Resol resin. This intermediate resinous agent, included in production activities for the hide tanning[...]
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Failure Of An Ortho-cresol Storage Tank

Failure of an ortho-cresol storage tank

  • Accident report
  • PAYS-BAS
In a dockside warehouse of oil and petroleum products, a reservoir containing 1,600 m³ of ortho-cresol broke and a vapour cloud rose in the direction of the nearby Rotterdam metropolitan area. The reservoir collapsed on one of its sides and[...]
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Explosion Of A Tank In TDI Production Unit

Explosion of a tank in TDI production unit

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  • ITALIE
At a chemical plant, a tank containing a mix of toluene-2,6-diisocyanate (TDI) / tars with a high boiling point increased in pressure and exploded around 7:40 pm. The cloud ignited 5 min later; afterwards, the fire was fed by 20[...]
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Rupture Of A Grain Storage Cell

Rupture of a grain storage cell

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  • FRANCE
The concrete wall of one of the vertical storage bins cracked throughout its length of 25 m in the silo of an agricultural cooperative built in 1963 during the first out of the three construction lots of the facility. About[...]
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Blast In A Reactor On A Fine Chemicals Site

Blast in a reactor on a fine chemicals site

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
In a fine chemistry plant employing 70 staff, a 1,500-litre enamelled reactor underwent a pressure surge and exploded during the oxidation of 200 kg of dichloro-dicyano-hydroquinone (DDHQ) into dichloro-dicyano-quinone (DDQ) by means of nitric acid and oxygen in a solvent[...]
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Leak On Effluent Pipeline In A Chemical Plant

Leak on effluent pipeline in a chemical plant

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  • FRANCE
Acid water stemming from the manufacturing of dyes and pigments was partially channelled to a neutralisation facility located 18 km from a chemical plant. Between 5th and 11th August, a succession of leaks was observed, especially over the first 2[...]
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Hydrocarbon Leak On A Pipeline

Hydrocarbon leak on a pipeline

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  • FRANCE
After an initial incident in September 2001, another leak occurred on a pipe between a coastal depot and a power plant storage facility (pipe length: 7,430 m; depth: 2 m) during transfer of heavy fuel oil no. 2. The operating[...]
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Rupture of observation windows in a brewery

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  • FRANCE
For the 2nd time in less than 24 hours, the window on an 80-m³ beer tank in a brewery exploded after pressure in the container had risen. Plant activity was suspended for the time needed to determine the precise cause[...]
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Leak in an LPG depot

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  • FRANCE
A propane leak occurred on a loading station in an LPG depot that distributes product to trucks. The depot manager secured the site by pressing the emergency button, in accordance with the site's standard operating procedure. The emergency services were[...]
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Hydrocarbon Leak On A Pipeline

Hydrocarbon leak on a pipeline

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
A leak occurred on a pipe running between a coastal depot and a power plant storage site (pipe length: 7,430 m, depth: 2 m, year of construction: 1975, thickness: 5.56 mm, steel composition) during the transfer of heavy fuel no.[...]
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