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Positive Material Verification: Prevent Errors
Location: Texas City, TX
Accident Occurred On: 07/28/2005
Final Report Released On: 10/15/2006
Accident Type: Oil and Refining - Fire and Explosion
Company Name: BP Texas City

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Accident Description
On July 28, 2005, 4 months after a devastating incident in the Isomerization (Isom) Unit that killed 15 workers and injured 180, the BP Texas City refinery experienced a major fire in the Resid Hydrotreater Unit (RHU) that caused a reported $30 million in property damage. One employee sustained a minor injury during the emergency unit shutdown and there were no fatalities.
Investigation Status
The CSB released its safety bulletin on October 15, 2006.


 

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