Accident Description

Accident: BP Amoco Thermal Decomposition Incident

Location: Location: Augusta, GA

Accident Occurred On: 03/13/2001 | Final Report Released On: 05/20/2002

Accident Type: Oil and Refining - Reactive Incident

Investigation Status: The final report on this investigation was approved on May 20, 2002.

On March 13, 2001, three people were killed as they opened a process vessel containing hot plastic at the BP Amoco Polymers plant in Augusta, Georgia. They were unaware that the vessel was pressurized. The workers were killed when the partially unbolted cover blew off the vessel, expelling hot plastic. The force of the release caused some nearby tubing to break. Hot fluid from the tubing ignited, resulting in a fire.