BP Texas City Refinery: The Inevitable Cost of an Incident

At approximately 1:20 p.m. on March 23, 2005, a series of explosions occurred at the BP Texas City refinery during the restartin…

Buncefield: Neglecting the Upper Layers of Protection

The Buncefield oil storage depot fire on December 10, 2005 provides an interesting examination of a fire at a site that most peo…

Piper Alpha: Failure of Process Safety Management

Piper Alpha was a North Sea oil production platform operated by Occidental Petroleum (Caledonia) Ltd. The platform began product…

Bayer Crop Science: Pushing Process Beyond Personnel

A manufacturer’s drive to restart a process pushes people past their breaking point. Mistakes combine to cause disaster. Histor…

Overview of Foreseen Consequences of Running Equipment to Failure: Carbide Industries Incident

A mixture of steam, flammable gas and high temperatures erupted with explosion and fire with two fatalities. As industrial …