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Chemical Safety Investigation Board (CSB)

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Article archive for Chemical Safety Investigation Board (CSB);

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CSB releases new animation on 15th anniversary of BP Texas City refinery explosion 25 March 2020

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Identification Board (CSB) released an updated animation video on March 23 to mark the 15th anniversary of the significant hydrocarbon release and ensuing explosion at the BP Texas City refinery which killed 15 people and injured 180 others. The massive explosion was a landmark investigation for the CSB and revealed safety gaps at refineries across the US....

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CSB releases factual update on fatal May 2019 Illinois chemical plant blast 19 December 2019

On December 18, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a factual update into the May 3, 2019, explosion and fire at AB Specialty Silicones facility in Waukegan, Illinois. The factual update provides a comprehensive incident timeline, detailing the events that led up to the massive explosion and fire that fatally injured four workers and seriously injured another. ...

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CSB releases final report on fatal West Virginia tank explosions 18 December 2019

On December 17, the US Chemical Safety Board released its final report into the fatal tank explosions at the Midland Resource Recovery (MRR) Facility in Philippi, West Virginia. Two workers were fatally injured in the incident, and another was severely injured during the first incident, which occurred on May 24, 2017. On June 20, 2017, a second explosion fatally injured a contractor on the site....

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Numerous safety deficiencies led to four deaths at DuPont plant in 2014 – CSB 26 June 2019

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its final investigation report into a fatal chemical leak which killed four workers in November 2014 at the DuPont Plant in La Porte, Texas. The report, released on June 25, revealed that a number of safety deficiencies led to the release of methyl mercaptan and the subsequent death of four workers....

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Husky oil refinery blast caused by ineffective safeguard - CSB 14 December 2018

On December 12, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said the April explosion at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, was caused by an ineffective safeguard that failed to prevent a leak of hydrocarbons into the atmosphere. The blast and fire in the plant’s catalytic cracker unit led to 36 people seeking medical treatment, including 11 working at the refinery, the board said....

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CSB releases factual update on fatal Oklahoma gas well blowout and fire 20 August 2018

An investigation by the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) into an explosion and fire at the Pryor Trust Gas Well in Oklahoma that killed five workers has made new findings. Investigators said that more than 100 barrels of drilling fluid flowed into the site’s mud pits before the blowout, far above levels that should have triggered alarms, and a strong indicator natural gas was flowing into the wellbore. ...

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Congress defies Trump Administration’s efforts to scrap CSB 17 August 2018

In an article dated August 16, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has looked at the Trump administration’s efforts to close down the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the independent federal agency that investigates high hazard industry incidents and makes recommendations to ensure that lessons are learned after each incident....

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A decade after fatal Georgia sugar plant explosion, US dust explosion safety standards remain elusive 20 July 2018

On February 8, 2008, a series of dust explosions at the Imperial Sugar Company plant at Port Wentworth, Georgia, killed 14 people and injured dozens more. After the incident, Congress passed a bill requiring the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to set standards on combustible dust, but, ten years’ on, no such standards have been introduced and, every year, dust explosions continue to claim lives across the country....

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CSB: The Last Chance Saloon 15 June 2018

At the PS Congres process safety conference in Dordrecht, The Netherlands, in late May, US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) chairwoman Vanessa Sutherland confirmed to Hazardex that she had resigned her position at the agency. ...

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CSB gives update on fatal Wisconsin grain mill blast 02 May 2018

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) held a news conference on April 30 to give an update on its investigation into a grain dust explosion in May 2017, which killed five workers and injured 14 others at Didion Milling in Cambria, Wisconsin....