Incident alert

LOCATION:
ASPHALT/COATING PLANT
ACTIVITY:
MAINTENANCE & HOUSEKEEPING
SUB ACTIVITY:
N/A
ALERT STATUS:
Normal
DATE ISSUED:
22/02/2022 11:42:22
INCIDENT No:
03606

TITLE
Bitumen tank fire
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
ACCIDENT / INCIDENT DETAILS

  • A tanker driver spotted product on the floor

  • He advised site team who investigated and found no issues.

  • Removed cladding at ground level to check source of leak

  • Product identified in cladding and around inlet pipe – no tank fracture and inlet pipe not for that tank Ignition occurred following morning as a result of heat from the tank allowing lighter oils released from pipework volatize effect ?? pipe fracture identified - aged insulation (>20years) disintegrated acting as a wick.

  • By removing the cladding to check issue effectively open to air oxygen introduced and over 8hours unseen smouldering occurred to enable ignition after glowing effect

  • Local site measures put out the fire and brigade called. Attended site, removed cladding using non sparking - fire safe equipment to reveal and remove further hazards

  • Fire watch teams put in place until all risk removed over a 3 day 24/7 period


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LEARNING POINTS / ACTIONS TAKEN

Safety procedures

  • Correct, relevant and followed
  • Fire brigade provided information appropriate to the event and safety considerations
  • Site controls – interactions and pressures managed
  • Early assessment of possible causes and interaction with SHEQ team, Fire service and manufacturers
  • Fracture as a result of welding to the tank and pipe and no allowance for  the movement, d clamp type bolts not used.
  • As pipes inside insulation and cladding no ability to inspect without removing, unusual arrangement
  • Design of intake system unusual for current times but could exist elsewhere so immediate calls to all units and assessments carried out within 12hours
  • Inspections of equipment and shared learnings with ourselves and others via industry working groups and own networks
  • Alert to be shared with MPA working group and associated organisations

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