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Safe subcontracting

  • Fact sheet
Supply of skills, cost reduction, and flexibility… Subcontracting offers a whole range of advantages which manufacturers are eager to seize: 74% of them make use of subcontracting, according to the French statistics board (INSEE). Subcontracting is an integral part of a company's life cycle from its creation, during construction, operation and all the way to dismantling. It is therefore not surprising that subcontractors were involved in 10% of the accidents which occurred between 2015 and 2018 in Installations Classified for the Protection of [...]
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Preventing multiple failures

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Since 2016, 25% of accidents in ICPEs (classified facilities for environmental protection requiring authorisation or registration), impacting people and property, have been caused by multiple failures involving equipment faults or human interventions. Most initial post-accident verifications focus on the incriminated system: did it function as intended and were the necessary human actions taken? One failure is already one too many; this is all the more true for multiple failures. It is therefore important to know how to analyse cases of multipl [...]
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After the disturbances identification, what about the root causes?

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Every year, Bureau for analysis of industrial risks and pollution (BARPI) records in its technological accidents database ARIA between 800 and 1 100 events that have occurred at classified facilities for environmental protection. A look at the past three years shows that 65% of events involved at least one disruption and only 30% involved at least one cause. Identifying causes is essential to define efficient measures that will prevent future accidents occurring. These findings show that there is still much progress to be made in understanding [...]
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Conveyor Belt Fires: Are The Standards Being Met?

Conveyor belt fires: Are the standards being met?

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Conveyor belts used to handle organic materials must meet standards defined by various French ministerial orders .These texts indicate that conveyor belts must comply with standard NF EN ISO 340 or standards NF EN 12881-1 and NF EN 12881-2 (self-extinguishing or flame-retardant conveyor belts). While these types of accident had seemed to have disappeared, in recent years there have been several occurrences. Are the standards always being met?
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Pallet Fire In A Combustible Materials Warehouse

Pallet fire in a combustible materials warehouse

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  • FRANCE

A fire broke out at 10:15 am in a warehouse subject to authorization (item 1510 of the nomenclature of the French classified installations) at an external storage of wooden pallets. Employees are evacuated prior to the arrival of firefighters.

The economic consequences of the event are estimated at:

  • 1,000 euros for material damage (destruction of 152 pallets);
  • 4,500 euros for operating losses (evacuation of staff for 40 minutes).

The volume of the extinguishing water is evaluated at 50 m³. No damage to the environment is noticed by the operator [...]

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51263

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary :

Vers 10 h, lors du nettoyage, par 2 sous-traitants, d'une cuve extérieure enterrée pouvant contenir 35 m³ d'acétate d'éthyle, une explosion se produit dans une entreprise de distribution de produits chimiques classée SEVESO. Au moment de l'explosion, la trappe d'accès à la cuve est ouverte. L'exploitant déclenche le POI. Une cinquantaine de pompiers met en place un rideau d'eau autour des cuves. Les sous-traitants sont grièvement b [...]

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51180

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary :

Avant 8 h, une fuite se produit sur un clapet anti-retour de l'unité d'épuration de gaz soufrés d'une raffinerie. À 8h13 une alarme de détection de sulfure d'hydrogène (H2S gaz inflammable, toxique et odorant à très faible concentration) dont le seuil est fixé à 10 ppm s'active au niveau de l'unité. Des opérateurs effectuent une recherche de fuite infructueuse. A 9h30, un sous-traitant percevant de fortes odeurs alerte le person [...]

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50913

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  • FRANCE
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary :

En début de matinée lors d'une tempête, le mât d'une éolienne de 60 m de haut se brise en 2. Les 55 m supérieurs de l'éolienne chutent au sol. Des débris s'éparpillent sur une surface assez importante. Le rotor est enfoncé dans le sol. Les pompiers mettent en place un périmètre de sécurité. L'exploitant arrête les 7 autres éoliennes du parc et met en place un gardiennage.

L'exploitant réalise une expertise de l'éolienne mis [...]

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Runaway reaction in a chemical plant

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  • FRANCE
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary :

A 9h20, au sein d'une usine chimique, une augmentation rapide et soudaine de la température se produit dans un réacteur de fabrication d'un organomagnésien de 4 000 l. A 9h30, le personnel présent sur l'atelier procède au noyage à l'eau du milieu réactionnel. Par précaution, le POI est déclenché et dure quelques minutes. Le milieu en cours d'hydrolyse provoque une forte ébullition. La pression dans le réacteur augmente jusqu'à [...]

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Large-scale Fire In A Wood Chip Storage Facility

Large-scale fire in a wood chip storage facility

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE

At around 3 a.m., a deep-seated fire broke out in an outdoor 50,000 m3 woodchip storage in a waste recycling facility (24 m high, located on the facility's property line). White smoke was emitted above the urban zone and the highway. Access to the site was difficult for the firefighters because of the volume of the stack. The wind propagated the flames. An expert specialised in deep-seated fires was called upon. The CASU (the INERIS Emergency Support Unit) was asked to provide models of smoke dispersion, given the possible human consequences [...]

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