Petchem producer gets help from root-cause analysis

After an incident in 1998 during which a tank collapsed in its petrochemical manufacturing plant in Port Neches, Tex., Huntsman Corp. used a systematic way to investigate the incident and keep it from happening again.Before this incident, the company had adopted an investigation method developed by System Improvements Inc., Knoxville, Tenn., called TapRooT.The system is used to find the root cause of an incident. An investigation team analyzes the events that caused the accident and then uses the TapRooT process to find root causes and develop recommendations.Huntsman estimates that it saved more than $1 million/year by avoiding unplanned events identified in this particular study.Inciden...

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