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CSB releases video safety message highlighting the importance of safety measures in refineries

Published on 12 April 2011
A glimpse of the damange from the Tesoro Refinery accident of April 2010
After the Tesoro accident, the CSB intends to make industrial places safer for workers

The video highlights the CSB's ongoing investigation into the April 2, 2010, accident that killed seven workers.

Marking the one year anniversary of the tragic accident at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes, Washington, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a video safety message in which Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso urges refinery companies to "make the investments necessary to ensure safe operations," concluding, "Companies that continue to invest in safety and recognize its importance will reap benefits far into the future."

The video highlights the CSB's ongoing investigation into the April 2, 2010, accident that killed seven workers. At the time of the incident a heat exchanger was being brought online when the nearly forty-year-old piece of equipment catastrophically failed, spewing highly flammable hydrogen and naphtha which ignited and exploded.

In the safety message CSB Chairman Moure-Eraso notes, "The Tesoro accident is only one of several fatal incidents that occurred in the oil and gas production and refining sector in 2010 alone. Serious incidents at refineries continue to occur with alarming frequency."

The CSB's safety message notes leading insurance industry statistics indicating that the US refining sector has more than three times the rate of property losses of refineries overseas.

Dr. Moure-Eraso urges companies to take action to prevent accidents, including:

  • Implement a robust mechanical integrity programs with an emphasis on thorough inspections of critical equipment
  • Monitor process safety performance using appropriate leading and lagging indicators to measure process safety before major accidents occur
  • Maintain an open and trusting safety culture where near-misses and loss of containment incidents are reported and investigated 
The US Chemical Safety Board has released a video safety message to mark the one year anniversary of the tragic accident at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes, Washington

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