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Automatisms Accidentology

Automatisms accidentology

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As the second chapter of an accident analysis devoted to industrial automation within the ARIA base, this study presentes the main lessons drawn from a detailed analysis of 325 accidents of remote operated plant found in the base. These lessons and recommendations are intended to build awareness among safety professionals working at industrial facilities.
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Bases For An Accident Study On The Inerting Process Practiced In Silos

Bases for an accident study on the inerting process practiced in silos

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The use of an inerting process is a means of intervention used in a fire in grain silos. However, it remains uncommon. As part of its work, the BARPI wrote a synthesis on this process based on the accidents contained in the ARIA database. This synthesis addresses the following issues : What are the conditions of use of these devices and what are the difficulties experienced by those that are involved in the implementation of these devices?
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Accident Study Findings On Malicious Acts Perpetrated In Industrial Facilities

Accident study findings on malicious acts perpetrated in industrial facilities

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Beyond criminal acts targeting “Seveso” installations and having a strong media impact, the fight against "ordinary malicious acts" is a stake for all operators! Indeed, 4% of accidents occurring in Classified Facilities are related to malicious acts. This accident cause, often overlooked in risk analyses and safety reports, therefore deserves to be dealt with. This synthesis report is based on an analysis of 850 accidents involving malicious acts.
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Analysis Of Pressure Equipments Related Accidents

Analysis of pressure equipments related accidents

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Pressure equipments are everywhere in our daily life: fire extinguishers, LPG tanks, compressors, oxygen bottles are just examples. The knowledge of their potential danger, both in operating or in maintenance phase, can limit the consequences of accidents. This study based on 247 French events extracted from the ARIA database, paints a portrait of pressure equipments related accidents.
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Accident Study Findings On Household Uses  Of Gas

Accident study findings on household uses of gas

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Every year in France, many deaths and injuries result from accidents involving household uses of gas. These events, which occur in individual dwellings off the natural gas distribution networks, are caused by a wide variety of devices so common in our day-to-day lives, e.g.: gas cookers, boilers, 13-kg bottles of butane and propane. This document presents, in the form of graphic indicators, the main characteristics, typologies, circumstances, causes and consequences of the set of accidents analysed relative to household uses of gas.
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Seal Boxes : Not To Be Mistaken As A Cure For Ageing

Seal boxes : not to be mistaken as a cure for ageing

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Commonly used to plug leaks on pipelines, seal boxes serve stop discharge flows without entirely shutting down production. Despite this advantage, several accidents have shown that this type of remedial action is not sustainable and moreover necessitates regular monitoring during operations while awaiting definitive repairs.
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Malicious Acts: Raising Awareness To Improve Prevention

Malicious acts: Raising awareness to improve prevention

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Due to the goods and products they handle or the nuisances they create, industrial sites have long been the preferred targets for those with malicious intent: 4% of accidents occurring in classified facilities involve malicious intent. In light of this safety threat and given the often significant economic consequences from such aggressions, site operators must exhibit greater vigilance and draw lessons from past events. Malicious intent no longer lies in the realm of imponderable!
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Fireworks Shows: Vigilance Required Before, During And After!

Fireworks shows: Vigilance required before, during and after!

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Every year, accidents occur during the July 14 and August 15 French holiday festivities. In 2015 unfortunately, reports came in of 11 injured in Monteux, 15 injured in Canet and 5 more in Castelsarrasin during fireworks shows that went awry. Yet these risks are not confined to the actual launch itself! Incidents also arise during the storage period preceding the show, often owing to the fact that regulatory requirements and safety rules have not been respected. To guarantee the public's safety, rules of caution must be applied by all parties in [...]
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Lightning: Industrial Accidentology

Lightning: industrial accidentology

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Lightning, often associated with the powers of gods in mythology, can have serious impacts on industrial facilities and entail human, social, environmental and economic consequences. The ARIA database records about 100 lightning accidents that took place in France between October 1967 and July 2007 that impacted classified installations and piping networks.
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