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Praxair Flammable Gas Cylinder Fire
FINAL REPORT: Safety Bulletin
Location: St. Louis, MO
Accident Occurred On: 06/25/2005
Final Report Released On: 06/15/2006
Accident Type: Chemical Distribution - Fire and Explosion
Company Name: Praxair

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Total # of Recommendations
2
Total # of Open Recommendations
0
Total # of Closed Recommendations
2
Total % of Open 0 vs. Closed 100

investigation information

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Accident Description
On June 24, 2005, fire swept through thousands of flammable gas cylinders at the Praxair gas repackaging plant in St. Louis, Missouri. Dozens of exploding cylinders were launched into the surrounding community and struck nearby homes, buildings, and cars, causing extensive damage and several small fires.
Investigation Status
The Board issued a Safety Bulletin on this report at a news conference in St. Louis on June 15, 2006.


 

Recommendations

Compressed Gas Association (CGA)
2005-5-I-MO-1

Communicate with your members who operate gas repackaging facilities the details of this incident and the best practices for handling and storing cylinders.

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.
 

2005-5-I-MO-2

Revise CGA standards for the CG-7 relief valves used in propylene service to require: 1) a greater margin between vapor pressure and relief valve set point (similar to propane); and 2) that valves be capable of multiple operations within the specified setpoint tolerance or be furnished with an indicator that alerts users that the valve has operated.

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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