29 February 2008
The Bacton explosion was at the “water” end says the plant Manager!! All the safety systems worked and there were no injuries!!
Waste water treatment facilities and equipment are classified as hydrocarbon as if something goes wrong a lot of volatile hydrocarbons arrive on the scene very quickly, but the equipment is designed to handle them safely.
If men were working, for this to happen there must be more than two safety barriers breached, but what about the plant integrity.
Why did it fail?
What was the ignition source?
When were the safety shut down systems last tested?
Were the permitted leakage rates exceed?
What is the maintenance backlog?
Has the Safety case been complied with?
But I forgot: safety is of the highest importance, so says the long line of Shell Managers.
Everyone in Shell should take this as yet another wakeup call, get your act together as the next time may be another fatality and if it is after 6th April 2008 it will be covered under the new corporate manslaughter legislation.