Thursday, December 21, 2006

Workers, residents sue chemical plant

Here is just the latest lawsuit filed over a plastic plant fire. And here is the cause:
The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board said the accident happened after a forklift towing a trailer pulled out a small drain valve at the Olefins 2 unit of the plant...
That allowed liquid propylene to escape, forming a large vapor cloud that ignited.
Not for nothing, but that could happen at any chemical plant in the world. That is, unless you want to eliminate any vehicle traffic from a plant environment. This was a tragic accident that would be difficult to prevent. Nevertheless, the plaintiffs will likely get all the money they want, and probably more.

I wonder if the brain surgeon in charge of the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) predicted this event. No? Why not.

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