August 2013

Safety, Security and Environment 2013 Supplement

Dropped tools are a dangerous problem

Explosions, car wrecks and workplace violence: these are events that grab headlines. What is interesting, however, is that the most mundane things are often the most dangerous. In the realm of hydroca..

Schueppert, S., Total Safety

Explosions, car wrecks and workplace violence: these are events that grab headlines. What is interesting, however, is that the most mundane things are often the most dangerous. In the realm of hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) plant safety, that danger lies in dropped tools. Widely publicized and universally feared toxic gas releases, massive explosions or pipeline leaks, while incredibly destructive and certainly the result of some errors or omissions in a well-run safety program, are actually not the top causes for workplace incidents and fatalities. When working in the refinery, how many times a day does a crew member drop something, even something small: nuts, bolts, a screwdriver

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