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Herrig Brothers Farm Propane Tank Explosion
FINAL REPORT: Final Investigation Report
Location: Albert City, IA
Accident Occurred On: 04/09/1998
Final Report Released On: 06/23/1999
Accident Type: Chemical Distribution - Fire and Explosion
Company Name: Herrig Brothers

statistics

Total # of Recommendations
9
Total # of Open Recommendations
0
Total # of Closed Recommendations
9
Total % of Open 0 vs. Closed 100

investigation information

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Accident Description
On April 9, 1998, an 18,000-gallon propane tank exploded at the Herrig Brothers farm in Albert City, Iowa. The explosion killed two volunteer firefighters and injured seven other emergency response personnel. Several buildings were also damaged by the blast.
Investigation Status
The final report on this investigation was approved on June 23, 1999.


 

Recommendations

Fire Service Institute of Iowa State University
1998-007-I-IA-7

Ensure that fire fighter training materials address proper response procedures for BLEVEs.

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.
 

Herring Brothers Farm
1998-007-I-IA-1

Install protection (i.e., fencing or barricades) to protect aboveground propane pipes from possible damage from vehicles.

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.
 

1998-007-I-IA-2

Install properly sized propane outlet piping from excess flow valves.

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.
 

Iowa State Fire Marshal
1998-007-I-IA-3

Develop a program to ensure implementation of the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association's NFPA-58 Standard for the Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gases, as adopted by Iowa law. Ensure that this program includes, at a minimum the following element: Designation by regulation of the party (such as a facility owner or installer) who is responsible for submitting planned construction or modification documents to the State Fire Marshall.

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.
 

1998-007-I-IA-4

Develop a program to ensure implementation of the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association's NFPA-58 Standard for the Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gases, as adopted by Iowa law. Ensure that this program includes, at a minimum, the following elements: · Procedures for approving the plans for new or modified installations

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.
 

1998-007-I-IA-5

Develop a program to ensure implementation of the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association's NFPA-58 Standard for the Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gases, as adopted by Iowa law. Ensure that this program includes, at a minimum, the following elements: Procedures governing the issuance and posting of permits authorizing the use of equipment

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.
 

1998-007-I-IA-6

Develop a program to ensure implementation of the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association's NFPA-58 Standard for the Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gases, as adopted by Iowa law. Ensure that this program includes, at a minimum, the following elements: · On-site inspections of new, modified, and existing propane and other Liquefied Petroleum Gas storage facilities that are covered by Iowa state law.

Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action/No Response Received
Closed - Unacceptable Action/No Response Received (C - UA/NRR) - Recipient responds by expressing disagreement with the need outlined in the recommendation and the Board concludes that further correspondence on, or discussion of, the matter would not change the recipient?s position.
 

National Propane Gas Association (NPGA)
1998-007-I-IA-8

Ensure that fire fighter-training materials address proper response procedures for BLEVEs.

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.
 

1998-007-I-IA-9

Distribute the CSB findings and recommendations in this report to NPGA members.

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.
 

 
 

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