Monday, February 22, 2010

Purging Gas Pipes

Contributed by Eric Tofte, Director of Training, Evergreen Safety Council
Does your company (or vendors) purge gas pipes? If so you may find this information from the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) of interest:

On February 4, 2010 The US CSB announced it is set to consider two urgent recommendations that national fuel gas codes be changed to improve safety when gas pipes are being purged (cleared of air) during maintenance or installation of new piping.

This announcement grows out of the CSB’s ongoing federal investigation into the June 9, 2009, natural gas explosion at the ConAgra Slim Jim production facility in Garner, North Carolina, which caused four deaths, three critical life-threatening burn injuries, and other injuries that sent a total of 67 people to the hospital.

To see the entire press release and other related information go here:

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