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CSB accuses DuPont of safety culture problem following LaPorte incident 06 February 2015

The gas release on November 15 that killed four workers at DuPont’s LaPorte plant in Texas was the chemical group’s third fatal US accident in five years. The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) asked DuPont to reform its chemical process safety rules after a West Virginia plant worker was exposed to a deadly gas in 2010, and again after a welder at a New York plant died working on a tank that filled with explosive gas....

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CSB says fatal Mississippi fish plant explosion caused by ignition of volatile solution 27 August 2014

An explosion at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi Coast which killed one worker and injured others happened when sparks ignited a volatile mixture in a tank, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said in a news release on August 26. CSB inspectors said that workers were performing hot work at or near the tank that exploded on July 28 at the Omega Protein plant in Moss Point....

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News Extra: Texas releases West explosion injuries report 15 August 2014

The Texas state health department and health officials from McLennan County have produced a report giving details of the injuries suffered by the 262 people who sought treatment after the April 2013 fertiliser plant blast. Fifteen people were killed in the incident and more than 150 buildings were damaged or destroyed in the town of West, which is 18 miles north of Waco, Texas. ...

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CSB applauds US Executive Order on improving chemical facility safety 04 October 2013

Statement from CSB chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security....

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Successful process safety - a view from the USA 01 August 2013

John Bresland, the former chairman of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the principal investigatory body into process plant incidents in the USA, has had a long career in environmental safety. Here he gives the eight essential components of a successful process safety regime in the high hazard industries.  ...

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Hazardex interview: John Bresland, former Chairman, US Chemical Safety Board 01 August 2013

The Piper 25 conference on offshore safety held in Aberdeen in June 2013 brought together an exceptional roster of speakers from industry, academia, government and regulatory bodies worldwide. One of the plenary session speakers was John Bresland, the former chairman of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the principal investigatory body into process plant incidents in the USA. ...

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News Extra: West Fertilizer blast reveals Texas regulatory weakness 29 June 2013

On May 16, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firemans Special Agent in Charge Robert Champion delivered the findings of a joint investigation into the West Fertilizer Plant fire and explosion a month earlier, which killed 14, injured more than 200 and destroyed dozens of buildings, including a school and retirement home....

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Texas fertiliser plant investigation inconclusive 20 May 2013

Investigators have not ruled out arson as the main cause of the explosions at West Fertilizer that left 15 people dead, the Texas fire marshal said on May 16. State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy said investigators were unable to rule out three possible causes, including a spark from a golf cart, an electrical short or an intentionally set fire....

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CSB report into fatal 2011 Hawaii firework explosion and fire highlights unsafe disposal practices 21 January 2013

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said an explosion and fire that killed five workers during a fireworks disposal operation in Hawaii in 2011 resulted from unsafe disposal practices; insufficient safety requirements for government contractor selection and oversight; and an absence of national guidelines, standards, and regulations for fireworks disposal. ...

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US Macondo investigator visits UK on fact-finding tour 03 May 2012

Investigators from the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) visited the UK on a fact-finding mission to gain further understanding of the UK oil and gas industry’s regulatory regime and safety culture. The CSB was particularly interested to learn about the role of regulators, workforce engagement and how asset integrity issues are managed. ...

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