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Implosion Of A Non-degassed Butadiene Tanker Car

Implosion of a non-degassed butadiene tanker car

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
An empty butadiene tanker car not yet degassed was in transit at a marshalling yard. Due to the ambient cold temperature (-17°C), the gaseous phase of the butadiene liquefied (Tboiling=-4.4°C); cistern pressure was drawn down by an estimated 0.35 bar[...]
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Rupture Of A Red Aluminium Sludge Pond

Rupture of a red aluminium sludge pond

  • Accident report
  • HONGRIE
Around noon, a red sludge basin at an aluminium production site employing some 1,200 personnel broke over a 50-m length, releasing 1 million m³ of highly basic sludge; 10 people were killed and another 286 injured (due to chemical burns[...]
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Release Of Styrene Following A Power Cut

Release of styrene following a power cut

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
At 10:46 pm during a thunderstorm, an electrical outage interrupted polystyrene (PS) production at a chemical site where 27 of the 160 employees were on the job. A safety disc broke and styrene was released. The crystal manufactured polystyrene (CMP)[...]
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Fire At A 15.000 T Storage Facility For Used Tyres

Fire at a 15.000 t storage facility for used tyres

  • Accident report
  • GRECE
A large fire broke out at an open used-tire storage in an industrial area, near a recycling plant that had started its operation only two months earlier. The fire expanded fast and covered the whole pile of the tires, estimated[...]
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Explosion In A Chlorine-alkali Plant

Explosion in a chlorine-alkali plant

  • Accident report
  • ALLEMAGNE
A lightning strike caused a voltage drop on the power supply of a chlorine-alkali plant using the mercury process. The emergency electrical system was activated, though restoring the external supply voltage in less than 200 ms rendered the entire system[...]
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Flooding Of A Pharmaceutical Plant

Flooding of a pharmaceutical plant

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  • FRANCE
A pharmaceutical plant on a 55 hectare platform out of which 15 hectares were used was flooded (ARIA 35427) with 20 cm to 1 m of water due to torrential rains (300 mm in a few days including over 100[...]
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Sinking Of A Twin-deck Floating Roof Of Crude Oil Tank

Sinking of a twin-deck floating roof of crude oil tank

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
The sinking of a double-deck floating roof on the 70-m diameter B962 tank containing over 62,200 m³ of crude oil was detected on July 18, 2007 in a refinery. No product had been transferred from this tank since July 2,[...]
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  • Accident report
  • SUEDE
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary : Une tempête appelée "Gudrun" frappe le sud de la Suède dans la nuit. Des vents à plus de 33 m/s[...]
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Solenoid Valves Blocked By Wasps’ Nests

Solenoid valves blocked by wasps’ nests

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
During security testing conducted by the operator in the presence of the inspection of classified facilities, 2 shut-off valves did not operate at the tractor-trailer unloading station of an LPG depot. In the event of an anomaly, these positive safety[...]
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Partial Flooding Of The Site

Partial flooding of the site

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
A chemical plant manufacturing basic organic chemicals was partly flooded when the reactors were being washed. The washing water (acrylic emulsions) got mixed with the flood water due to the backflow of the water in the pipeline and in the[...]
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