In , a huge explosion ripped apart a chemical plant in to confirm that the disaster at the Nypro plant at Flixborough was the result of. Failure Knowledge Database / Selected Cases. 1. Disaster of Chemical Plant at Flixborough. June 1st. , Flixborough UK. TAKEGAWA. Flixborough chemical plant explosion marked with service The disaster at Nypro chemical plant, near Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, left

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Flixborough 1974 chemical plant explosion marked with service

Health and Safety Executive. The explosion was estimated to be equivalent to 16 tonnes of TNT and the subsequent fires raged for ten days.

June 1,was a sultry afternoon, with people shopping in Scunthorpe town centre or enjoying themselves at the Appleby-Frodingham steelworks gala at Brumby Hall when catastrophe struck shortly before 5pm. Popular Yorkshire resort flixbirough the perfect place for a summer staycation.

Windows and frames were torn from walls, falling masonry wrecked cars and personal belongings littered streets. Some two months before the disaster, a crack was found in one of the reactors.

There had been no similar air leaks and consequently no similar water sprays on the other reactors.

Mon 2 Jan at 8: Mon 26 Jun at Football News Who is Olufela Olomola? The inquiry report identified ‘lessons to be learned’ which it presented under various fpixborough ‘General observation’ relating to cultural issues underlying the disaster’specific lessons’ directly relevant to the disaster, disastef of general applicability are reported below; there were also ‘general’ and ‘miscellaneous lessons’ of less relevance to the disaster.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Hundreds of evacuees were accommodated at North Lindsey College and other centres were also brought into use.

Lees’ Loss Prevention in the Process Industry 3rd edition. The 8-inch hypothesis was claimed to be supported by eyewitness accounts and by fflixborough apparently anomalous position of some debris post-disaster.

Tests failed to produce a lagging fire with leaked process fluid at process temperatures; one advocate of the 8-inch hypothesis then argued instead that there had been a gasket failure giving a leak with sufficient velocity to induce static charges whose discharge had then ignited the leak. It has never been recovered but the plinth it stood on, with a plaque listing all those who died that day, can still be found outside flixborugh church. The disaster involved and may well have been caused by a hasty modification.


Government controls on the price of caprolactam put further financial pressure on the plant. Ashby Shocked residents speak about being evacuated from their homes after severe fire broke out. The inquiry sat for 70 days in the period September — Februaryand took evidence from over witnesses. My other grandfather in Scunthorpe said it blew the front door open. For major modifications this would include an ‘operability study’ ; for minor modifications a checklist-based safety assessment was to be used, indicating what aspects would be affected, flixborouth for each aspect giving a statement of the expected effect.

Following the disaster there was a huge public debate about the safety of industrial plants and regulations regarding industrial processes were made considerably more rigorous — the newly formed Heath and Safety Commission took a close interest in these developments.

Flixborough disaster – Wikipedia

A record crowd was enjoying the gala in nearby Scunthorpe when, according to one sisaster, the ground shuddered and everyone became motionless in a chilling silence which was broken by a terrifying explosion. The subsequent official inquiry lasted for 70 days.

Sinceit had instead produced caprolactama chemical used in the manufacture of nylon 6. Tests by the Fire Research Establishment had shown this to be less effective than intended. The management of major hazard installations must show that it possessed and used a selection of appropriate hazard recognition techniques, [S] had a proper system for audit of critical safety features, and used independent assessment where appropriate. Only the plant engineer was concerned about restarting before the reason for the failure was understood, and the other reactors inspected.

To avoid the danger of floxborough and procedures being disregarded, there should be a requirement for a periodic form of audit of them.


Retrieved 1 July With the passage of time these sentiments are diluted into bland reports about human error and everything being well under control — as happened with the Summerland fire.

Flixborough Disaster anniversary: New pictures come to light after 43 years

Is this page useful? A considerable amount of property was destroyed in Flixborough and the surrounding villages, flixborogh the explosion was heard over 30 miles away in Grimsby.

At the end of May by which time the bypass had been lagged the reactors had to be depressurised and allowed to cool in order to deal with leaks elsewhere.

Detailed analysis suggested that the 8-inch pipe had failed due to creep cavitation at a high temperature while the dieaster was under pressure. Construction of the plant had required planning permission approval by the local council; while “an interdepartmental procedure enabled planning authorities to call upon the advice of Her Majesty’s Factory Inspectorate when considering applications for new developments which might involve a major hazard” [27] there was no requirement for them to do sosince the council had not recognised the hazardous nature of the plant [3] they had not called for advice.

Eighteen fatalities occurred in the control room as a result of the windows shattering and the collapse of the roof.

Flixborough (Nypro UK) Explosion 1st June

Retrieved 7 July ACMH felt that for major hazard installations [z] the plan should be formal and include. A – switch to normal size A – switch to large size A – switch to larger size.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. HSE could then choose to — in some cases generally involving high risk or novel technology — require [x] submission of flixboeough more elaborate assessment, covering as appropriate “design, manufacture, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance, as well as subsequent modifications whether of the design or operational procedures or both”.

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