BP issues recommendations to prevent recurrence of fatal explosion

On Dec. 9, 2005, BP Products North America Inc. released its final incident investigation report on the Mar. 23 Texas City, Tex., refinery explosion and fire (OGJ, Dec. 19, 2005, p. 5). As a follow-up to the May 17, 2005, interim report, the final report presents an analysis of the events leading up to the fire and explosion, identifies a number of system (root) causes for the incident, and makes recommendations for corrective actions to prevent a recurrence or a similar incident in the future.The interim report identified four critical factors without which the incident, which killed 15 and harmed 170 others, would not have occurred. The factors include a loss of containment, raffinate s...

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