Blasts from the Past
Chem.Info looks at why five of the the most infamous facility disasters occurred, and what could have been done to prevent them.
Workers at the Bayer CropScience facility in West Virginia would override safety interlocks in order to compensate for an undersized heater in a pesticide residue treater.
A runaway chemical reaction and explosion overtook a Synthron chemical-manufacturing facility when managers attempted to fulfill an order exceeding normal batch sizes.
Although there are readily available safe alternatives to using natural gas for pipe cleaning, an astonishing amount of power plants still use it, even if it is fraught with potentially far-reaching and unsafe consequences.
The natural gas explosion at ConAgra’s Slim Jim plant could have been avoided with the use of combustible gas monitors and tighter gas-purging procedures.
Although Imperial Sugar may not be the lone offender of combustible dust crimes, it is perhaps the most memorable.