Flixborough disaster By: Paradigma Carlo Giovanni. Picture taken 5 days after the Nypro Flixborough Disaster which happened on June 1, Pic by George Schofield, of Barrow-on-Humber. 1 June is the 40th anniversary of the Flixborough disaster, an explosion at a chemical plant sited on the banks of the River Trent in Lincolnshire.

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Health and Safety Executive. This assumption was later confirmed by a metallurgical investigation diszster that zinc embrittlement on austenitic stainless steel at a temperature of between and degree C could occur in a pipe under a stress of 3.

Mr Clinton Davis said: Nine other site flixborouth were killed, and a delivery driver died of a heart attack in his cab. We believe that rules relevant to safety must be everyday working rules and be seen as an essential part of day-to-day work practice. Advisory Committee on Major Hazards: Response Immediately after this disaster occurred, UK government ordered that a formal investigation be carried out by a Court of Inquiry, consisted of a panel of experts.

Flixborough (Nypro UK) Explosion 1st June 1974

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The Factory Inspectorate has standing only where it has promulgated specific regulations [13]. Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries. The inquiry report identified ‘lessons to be learned’ which it presented under various headings; ‘General observation’ relating to cultural issues underlying the disaster’specific lessons’ directly relevant to the disaster, but of general applicability are reported below; there were also ‘general’ and ‘miscellaneous lessons’ of less relevance to the disaster.


The company would have to show that “it possesses the appropriate management system, safety philosophy, and competent people, that it has effective methods of identifying and evaluating hazards, that it has designed and operates the installation in accordance with appropriate regulations, standards flixbrough codes of practice, that it has adequate procedures for dealing with emergencies, and that it makes use of independent checks where appropriate”.

Case Details > Disaster of Chemical Plant at Flixborough

Consequently, the bending moment caused by a slight rise in pressure was sufficient to cause the temporary pipe to tear the bellows. It was recognised that the number of casualties would have been even higher had the incident occurred on a weekday. It said the flxiborough was caused wholly by the coincidence of a number of unlikely errors in the design and installation of a modification.

However, it is possible to locate and layout a plant so that injuries and damage are minimized if an explosion occurs. The explosion was estimated to be equivalent to 16 tonnes of TNT and the subsequent fires raged for ten days.

No calculations were undertaken for the dog-legged shaped line or for the bellows. Fun stuff 10 fun party games to bring in the New Year’s Eve A list of ten games to get the party started.

Health and Safety Executive. The investigation that followed identified a serious problem with the reactor and the decision was taken to remove it and install a bypass assembly to connect reactors No.


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Those who witnessed the scene at Flixborough will never forget the fire and the huge column of menacing black smoke. Disasters on the scale of last Saturday’s tragic explosion The reason for why the bellows fractured by shear stress, was that the temporary pipe was installed without examining what the effect of a slight pressure rise on the bellows would be.

The Court could still be right that a single unsatisfactory modification caused the disaster but this is no reason for complacency. Lees’ Loss Prevention in the Process Industry 3rd edition. Picture taken 5 days after the Nypro Flixborough Disaster which happened on June 1, Learning from Accidents, 3rd edition.

There was no on-site senior manager with mechanical engineering expertise virtually all the plant management had chemical engineering qualifications ; mechanical engineering issues with the modification were overlooked by the managers who approved it, nor was the severity disasteer the potential consequences of its failure appreciated.

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At Flixborough, 28 workers were killed and 36 others onsite suffered injuries. Thu 5 Jun at 5: In area C, there should rlixborough be any low pressure tanks. May Learn how and when to remove this template message.