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CSB Investigates BP Safety Procedures in Texas City Worker Fatality

3:07 PM MST | February 18, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB; Washington) says it has launched an investigation into the January 14th death of a worker at BP’s Texas City facility. The employee died when a heavy metal lid blew off a large metal filter housing, which is located in an ultracracker unit that was starting up following a prolonged shutdown. CSB lead investigator Don Holstrom says one of the possible causes of the accident is an internal explosion inside the filter, which may have been caused by flammable substances in the process water. BP’s...

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