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Safety Video Shows Cause of Fatal Acid Release

A chilling safety video details the moments and mistakes made before the fatal release of acetic acid at the LyondellBasell La Porte Complex in La Porte, Texas, on July 27, 2021, that killed two contract workers and injured another.

Fatal OH Refinery Fire Causes Determined

Almost two years ago, a fatal flash fire broke out at the BP-Husky Refining LLC refinery in Oregon, Ohio, after a vapor cloud caught an ignition source and the cause was operators opened valves and removed a flange on a pressurized fuel gas mix drum to release a flammable liquid, naphtha, directly to the ground, federal investigators found.

Details Emerge in LA Chemical Blast

It was about a year ago when on July 14 at 9:15 p.m., when an explosion occurred at the Dow Louisiana Operations’ Glycol II plant in Plaquemine, Louisiana. Shortly thereafter, multiple explosions and fires damaged nearby piping and equipment, including a reflux drum.

Russia Attacked Water Utility, But Understand the Real Need

A Russia-linked hacking group apparently carried out a cyberattack on small Texas water facilities, but before anyone overacts, let’s put this in perspective and understand the real needs here.

Physical Consequences Rise in OT: 2024 Threat Report

One half of all cyberattacks that caused physical consequences last year that impacted manufacturing were the result of ransomware, a new report said. In addition, GPS spoofing and supply chain incidents are growing attack scenarios in the Operational Technology (OT) cyber threat environment.

Water Warning: ‘A Clear and Present Risk’

Ensuring a secure water remains a key topic for industrial cybersecurity professionals and governmental leaders across the board, but everyone needs to read between the lines to understand what appears to be going on.

Water Sector Setting Up for ‘Nation State Interference’

Right now, the water and wastewater sector continues to stand exactly where it has been from the beginning of the digital age: At the broken end of a bottle.

Anchors Cause Delayed Underwater Pipeline Leak

A first notice came October 1, 2021, at 4:10 p.m., when San Pedro Bay Pipeline controllers received the first of a series of leak detection system alarms for their underwater pipeline, located in San Pedro Bay, 4.75 miles off the coast of Huntington Beach, California.

Cost of Cyberattack Against Clorox: $49M

After the August 14 cyberattack against Oakland, California-based Clorox, the company is now saying expenses to handle the hack were $49 million for the six-month period.

Ransomware Attack Cost Johnson Controls $27M

The September ransomware attack against Johnson Controls by the Dark Angels attack group cost the company $27 million in expenses and lost revenues, the company reported.

Causes Found in Marathon Pipeline Oil Leak

A combination of a girth weld that experienced an overstress fracture and insufficient repair work on slope instability were the main causes behind a pipeline rupture spilling over 3,500 barrels of crude oil in Edwardsville, Illinois, said officials at the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) in a new report.

Air Gap Level Security via Data Diodes

After a maker of tomato paste pulls in its harvest and starts the process of producing its product, the thought of a cyberattack such as ransomware is usually the furthest thing from anyone’s mind.

Lack of Planning Led to Fatal Well Blowout

A fatal well blowout in Texas in January 2020 was the result of a lack of well planning regarding the implementation of well control and an insufficient industry guidance regarding well control for completed wells in under pressured reservoirs, federal official said.

Brittle Strainer Cause of Fatal Chem Plant Blast

A brittle overload fracture of a cast iron y- strainer driven by internal pressure was the cause of an April 2, 2019, fatal explosion and fire at the KMCO LLC facility in Crosby, Texas, that left one worker dead, two seriously injured and 28 others hurt, federal officials said.

Bent Tube Main Culprit in Poultry Plant Fatalities

Multiple failures in technology, safety planning and emergency preparedness resulted in six workers dying and 14 others suffering injuries in a liquid nitrogen release at a poultry plant in Gainesville, Georgia just under three years ago, a new report found.

Fatal WI Corn Mill Blasts: Disaster Waiting to Happen

As it is with most tragic explosions at industrial facilities, they are often not the result of one cause but a series of issues that build up to a final and oftentimes fatal incident. That was exactly the case at the Didion Milling, Inc. dry corn milling facility in Cambria, Wisconsin, where five workers died and 14 others suffered serious injuries after massive dust explosions in May 2017.

Multiple Failures Led to Fatal Resin Plant Blast

A release of flammable solvent vapor through the seal of a closed reactor manway not designed to handle pressure appropriate for the process led to an explosion and fire at a resin plant in Columbus, Ohio, that left one worker dead and eight others injured, a new report found.

Feds, Industry Partnership: Redefining TSA Pipeline Regulations

Regulation. Just that one word alone can send a collective shiver down the spine of any corporation’s spine fearing government intervention, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way.

Gulf Platform Fatality Incident Report

Just a bit over 2 and a half years ago, a safety incident occurred that left an operator dead on the Fieldwood Energy LLC (FWE) platform in the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Louisiana. And it didn’t have to be that way.

Hazardous Chemical Incidents on Daily Basis: Report

In this era where you don’t necessarily hear of safety incidents occurring frequently, it appears hazardous chemical accidents are occurring almost daily in the United States – at least it has over the past three years, a new report found.


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