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Formosa Plastics Propylene Explosion
FINAL REPORT: Case Study
Location: Point Comfort, TX
Accident Occurred On: 10/06/2005
Final Report Released On: 07/20/2006
Accident Type: Chemical Manufacturing - Fire and Explosion
Company Name: Formosa Plastics

statistics

Total # of Recommendations
6
Total # of Open Recommendations
0
Total # of Closed Recommendations
6
Total % of Open 0 vs. Closed 100

investigation information

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Accident Description
A forklift towing a trailer collided with a line containing highly flammable liquid propylene, causing a release and a vapor cloud explosion. Sixteen workers were injured, the process unit was heavily damaged, and a nearby school was evacuated
Investigation Status
The CSB issued a case study report about this incident at a news conference in Houston on July 20, 2006.


 

Recommendations

Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS)
2006-1-I-TX-6

Incorporate guidance for vehicular traffic protection and remote equipment isolation into the next revision of the Center for Chemical Process Safety?s Guidelines for Hazard Evaluation Procedures.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

Formosa Plastics USA
2006-1-I-TX-1

Revise policies and procedures for process hazard analysis and pre-startup safety review to more fully evaluate vehicle impact hazards, passive fire protection, and catastrophic releases.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

2006-1-I-TX-2

Require flame resistant clothing for workers in units at the Point Comfort complex where there is a risk of flash fires.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

Kellogg, Brown, and Root
2006-1-I-TX-3

Communicate the findings and recommendations of this report to all companies that contracted with either M. W. Kellogg or Kellogg, Brown, and Root (KBR) for plant designs similar to the Formosa Olefins II unit.

Status: Closed - Exceeds Recommended Action
Closed - Exceeds Recommended Action (C - ERA) - Action on the recommendation meets and surpasses the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

2006-1-I-TX-4

Communicate the findings and recommendations of this report to your petrochemical process plant design engineers. Emphasize the importance of using current consensus safety standards when designing and constructing petrochemical process plants, including the earlier designs reused for new facilities.

Status: Closed - Exceeds Recommended Action
Closed - Exceeds Recommended Action (C - ERA) - Action on the recommendation meets and surpasses the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

2006-1-I-TX-5

Revise KBR petrochemical process plant design procedures to ensure they address the use of current safety standards for new designs and earlier designs reused for new facilities.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

 
 

Related Video

Fire at Formosa Plastics (Texas)
7/20/2006 4:00:00 AM
Without safegaurds, a small collision leads to a massive process fire. read more

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CSB Issues Case Study of Formosa Plastics Point Comfort, Texas, Fire and Explosions: Unprotected Piping, Non-Fireproofed Structures, Lack of Automatic Shutoff Valves Noted as Causes; Flame-Resistant Clothing Recommended
7/20/2006
Washington, DC, July 20, 2006 - The U. S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) issued its final report and recommendations today in the October 6, 2005, fire and explosions at the Formosa Plastics Corporation, USA, plant in Point Comfort, Texas. In addition, the CSB released a Safety Video which includes a computer animation depicting events leading to the accident.
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CSB Releases Safety Video with Computer Animation on Formosa Plastics Point Comfort, Texas, Fire and Explosions of October 6, 2005
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Washington, DC, July 20, 2006 - The U. S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today issued a Safety Video on the October 6, 2005, fire and explosions at the Formosa Plastics Corporation, USA, plant in Point Comfort, Texas. The video includes a computer animation depicting events leading to the accident, and features commentary by Lead Investigator Robert Hall, Investigations Manager Stephen Selk, and Board Member John Bresland.
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CSB Probe of Point Comfort Formosa Plastics Incident Continues as Team Weighs Safety Issues; No Root-Cause Investigation Planned
10/14/2005
Washington, DC, October 14, 2005 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is continuing its probe of the propylene fire and explosions that heavily damaged an olefins unit at the Formosa Plastics facility in Point Comfort, Texas, on October 6, injuring approximately 13 workers. Most injuries were minor, but two workers were admitted to the burn unit at a Galveston hospital, and one remains hospitalized there.
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