Summary of Unsafe condition, accident & fire Reports

This is a summary of pressure equipment unsafe conditions, accidents and fires that have been reported to and investigated by ABSA. This information is provided to make people aware of the general nature of pressure equipment unsafe conditions, accidents and fires. The intent is to heighten the awareness of the general public to the hazards of pressure equipment in an effort to prevent injury.

Note: “Loss of Containment” as used in this report refers to the loss of any amount of process fluid from the pressure equipment.

Date Reported Injuries Fatalities Description Loss of Containment
2020-07-27 0 0 An operator discovered a pinhole leak on the bottom head of a process vessel. The pinhole was a result of internal corrosion. Yes
2020-07-24 0 0 An operator discovered a leak from an air dryer during routine rounds. The leak was a result of continuous vibration while the dryer was in operation. Yes
2020-07-23 0 0 A leak at a weld on a boiler was discovered during operator rounds. The leak was determined to be a result of thermal fatigue. Yes
2020-07-20 0 0 Steam outlet piping from a depropanizer oil coalescer vessel was discovered to have ruptured. It is unknown when this failure occurred as the line is used infrequently, but the owner suspects it was a result of freezing. Yes
2020-06-29 0 0 A leak from a Low Water Cut-off (LWCO) valve caused a high pressure boiler to shut down. The leak was caused by a cracked bellow inside the LWCO valve. Yes
2020-06-24 0 0 A through wall crack in the threads of a pipe nipple beneath the second stage discharge safety valve resulted in a loss of containment in a compressor package building. The crack was a result of fatigue due to excessive vibration during operation. Yes
2020-06-22 0 0 A loss of containment was reported due to a crack in the threaded area of a fitting attached to a recycle valve on a compressor package. The crack was a result of fatigue due to excessive vibration during operation. Yes
2020-06-22 0 0 A through wall crack was discovered in a nozzle of a stainless steel vessel. The owner believes the crack was a result of fatigue due to vibration. Yes
2020-06-18 0 0 Leak discovered at the weld neck of the inlet flange of an aerial cooler. The leak was a result of a small crack that had formed due to continuous vibratory service. Yes
2020-06-15 0 0 Pinhole leak discovered in a socket weld of piping attached to float column in an acid gas compressor package. Yes
2020-06-10 0 0 Operator discovered a steam leak from the vent line of a heater at a pulp mill. The leak was caused by a crack in the vent line as a result of fatigue from vibration service. Yes
2020-06-10 0 0 Loss of containment reported due to a failed steam hose at the coupling. Investigation revealed that the hose material had become brittle due to age and constant usage. Yes
2020-06-04 0 0 Operators discovered a leak from a compressor discharge bottle due to a crack located at the toe of a nozzle to shell weld. The crack was a result of fatigue due to vibration service. Yes
2020-06-01 0 0 Operations detected a steam leak from a boiler drum manway gasket. The owner believes the leak resulted from misalignment of the manway door which prevented the gasket from sealing as intended. Yes
2020-05-25 0 0 Pinhole leak discovered on compressor piping due to corrosion. Yes
2020-05-25 0 0 Excess water not drained from a process piping system froze causing the flanged connections to leak and permanently deform the piping. The water in the system was allowed to freeze due to a failure of the building's heating system. Yes
2020-05-21 0 0 Pinhole leak discovered in the economizer drain line piping of a recovery boiler. Yes
2020-05-20 0 0 A loss of containment was reported from an internally coated process filter vessel due to internal corrosion. It was determined that cracking in the coating allowed process fluid to contact the vessel wall and cause the corrosion. Yes
2020-05-19 0 0 Pinhole leak discovered on an air cooled heat exchanger due to corrosion. Yes
2020-05-12 0 0 A process heater coil exceeded its design temperatures due to a deviation from operating procedure. No
2020-05-08 0 0 A leak was discovered from a fluidized bed boiler. The leak was determined to be caused by a cracked attachment weld due to fatigue. Yes
2020-05-05 0 0 Operators discovered a process water leak at a flanged connection on a piping system. The leak was determined to have been caused by loosening of the flange bolts due to water hammer. Yes
2020-04-29 0 0 Steam tracing piping failed due to corrosion. Yes
2020-04-23 0 0 Pinhole leak discovered in a 3/4 inch drain nozzle as a result of corrosion. Yes
2020-04-21 0 0 Weld defect in an ammonia refrigeration heat exchanger coil resulted in a release. Yes
2020-04-17 0 0 A steam leak from a weld was discovered in a steam coil associated with an emulsion cooler. The leak is believed to have resulted from a manufacturing defect during welding. Yes
2020-04-15 0 0 Pinhole leak discovered on weld of Boiler External Piping. The pinhole is believed to be the result of a manufacturing defect. Yes
2020-04-15 0 0 Through wall crack discovered on coke drum as a result of cyclic thermal fatigue. Yes
2020-04-14 0 0 Pinhole leak discovered in a 4 inch piping spool containing crude oil caused by erosion. Yes
2020-04-13 0 0 Pipe nipple connected to ball valve failed due to vibration and misalignment causing a release of hydrocarbon and subsequent fire in the compressor building. Yes
2020-04-10 0 0 Failure of steam trap piping due to freezing. The freezing was a result of failed heat tracing. Yes
2020-04-09 0 0 Failed fuel gas pressure regulator vented gas which combusted. No
2020-04-08 0 0 A nitrogen hose burst from overpressure after being inadvertently left connected to a process vessel resulting in a release of sour gas. Yes
2020-04-08 0 0 Loss of containment of hydrocarbon from 2 inch branch connection of process piping. Cause determined to be stress corrosion cracking (SCC). Yes
2020-04-07 0 0 Unintentional release of hydrocarbon due to corroded vent valve on flare header. Yes
2020-04-07 0 0 Corrosion in the oil side of a cooler resulted in release of oil. Yes
2020-04-06 0 0 Corrosion of a pipe nipple in a leach unit resulted in a loss of containment. The material used for the pipe nipple was incorrect and not suitable for the intended service. Yes
2020-04-04 0 0 Ruptured tube on an aerial cooler resulting in a hydrocarbon leak. The tube failure was due to freezing. Yes
2020-04-03 0 0 Release of refirgerant due to fretting of a braided hose against the compressor piping. Yes
2020-04-01 0 0 Through wall crack discovered on 1 inch piping to a pressure gauge on the water makeup system. Water hammer is believed to be the most probable cause. Yes
2020-04-01 0 0 Operators discovered a tube leak on the superheater in a recovery boiler. The owner believes the leak was due to fatigue as a result of repeated movement of the superheater platens. Yes
2020-03-30 0 0 Isolated pressure piping line found frozen as a result of the heat tracing not activated. No loss of containment. No
2020-03-30 0 0 Pinhole leak discovered in process piping due to corrosion. Yes
2020-03-29 0 0 Gasket failure in a bolted connection on a process vessel led to a loss of containment. Yes
2020-03-29 0 0 Valve failure discovered in piping system. The failure is believed to have been caused by fatigue due to excessive vibration. Yes
2020-03-26 0 0 Process piping line failure discovered due to freezing. The freezing was caused by heat tracing failure. Yes
2020-03-25 0 0 Failure of gasket and packing resulted in a loss of containment from the level gauge of a steam flash drum. Yes
2020-03-25 0 0 A suspected leak on the fuel gas supply piping resulted in a fire in the compressor building. Yes
2020-03-23 0 0 Steam piping to deaerator failed due to freezing. The freezing was a result of unusually cold ambient temperatures. Yes
2020-03-20 0 0 A flame was discovered from an inadequately bolted connection to a process vessel. Yes
2020-03-19 0 0 Pinhole leak discovered on an elbow between the steam trap and blowdown tank due to erosion. Yes
2020-03-18 0 0 Tube failure on an air cooled heat exchanger. The failure was a result of mechanical damage due to hydrates in the system. Yes
2020-03-18 0 0 An air cooled heat exchanger overpressured during purging due to the vent line valve being closed. No loss of containment. No
2020-03-18 0 0 Valve stem packing failure resulting in a release of hydrocarbon. Yes
2020-03-17 0 0 Boiler tube leak as a result of under-deposit corrosion. Yes
2020-03-16 3 0 During maintenance on a process piping system, an unintentional release of naphtha and hydrocarbon resulted in a fire. The release was caused by a deviation from maintenance procedures. Yes
2020-03-12 0 0 Failure of drain piping from particle filter due to freezing. The freezing was a result of failure of the heat tracing. No
2020-03-11 0 0 Following maintenance activities, process fluid was reintroduced to the tube side of a heat exchanger, but the shell side was still blocked in, causing pressure build up in the shell side until the outlet valve lost containment at its inlet flange. Yes
2020-03-11 0 0 Pinhole leak discovered on a water drain line from an oil treater. Yes
2020-03-09 0 0 Incorrectly assembled drain tubing on a fuel gas scrubber leaked gas resulting in a fire. Yes
2020-03-09 0 0 A firetube in an oil treater failed due to localized overheating. Yes
2020-03-08 0 0 A process high temperature excursion resulted in loosening of a flanged joint, allowing flammable process fluid to leak resulting in a fire. Yes
2020-03-04 0 0 Pinhole leak discovered in weld on the return elbow of an economizer. Yes
2020-03-04 0 0 Brittle weld failure on a steam line due to incorrect material used in piping modifications which took place in 2006. Yes
2020-03-04 0 0 Compressor package overpressured due to blocked in pressure relief device. No
2020-03-03 0 0 Excess scale caused localized overheating leading to failure on the fire tube of a free water knockout vessel. Yes
2020-03-03 0 0 Ammonia leak reported due to a gasket failure. Yes
2020-03-02 0 0 Instument tubing failure due to fatigue resulted in a fire. Yes
2020-03-02 0 0 Through wall crack discovered on coke drum as a result of cyclic thermal fatigue. Yes
2020-03-02 0 0 Freezing of process fluid in a piping associated with the humidification system of a furnace resulted in a failure and release of humidified ethane. Yes
2020-03-01 0 0 A firetube in an oil treater failed due to localized overheating resulting in a fire. Yes
2020-02-29 0 0 Failure of steam coil due to freezing. The freezing was a result of failed heat tracing. Yes
2020-02-29 0 0 Loss of containment due to damaged lining resulting in corrosion in sulfuric acid piping. Yes
2020-02-28 0 0 Pinhole leak discovered in an economizer tube resulting in a loss of containment. Yes
2020-02-27 0 0 Freezing damage caused to an air cooled heat exchanger due to failed heat tracing. The heat exchanger was damaged beyond repair and will be replaced. No
2020-02-26 0 0 An operator heard a gas leak from the cooler. The compressor was immediately shut down to isolate the leak. After a further inspection by the owner a pin-hole was found on one tube. Yes
2020-02-25 0 0 A failed pipe nipple resulted in an ammonia leak in a refrigeration plant. The pipe nipple is believed to have had an existing defect in the threaded portion resulting in eventual failure. Yes
2020-02-25 0 0 Tube failure in an air cooled heat exchanger resulted in a loss of containment. Flow accelerated corrosion (FAC) is believed to be the probable cause. Yes
2020-02-25 0 0 Failure of a steam line as a result of freezing. In adequate draining of the line allowed the remaining condensate to freeze. Yes
2020-02-24 0 0 Isolation valve passing liquid into steam piping and subsequently freezing causing the pipe to fail. Yes
2020-02-23 0 0 Freezing failure of a piping elbow due to an abandoned dead leg. Yes
2020-02-21 0 0 Pinhole leak discovered in produced water piping. Owner suspects bacterial corrosion to be a likely cause. Yes
2020-02-21 0 0 Through wall crack discovered on well injector steam line check valve, due to freezing. Freezing was a result of the steam isolation valve passing and allowing condensation to form in the check valve. Yes
2020-02-20 0 0 Loss of containment due to pinhole and crack in emulsion inlet piping during warmup and preparation. System had been sitting stagnant for over four years prior to startup. Yes
2020-02-20 0 0 Loss of containment at flange gasket on process vessel due to incorrect bolt tightening. Yes
2020-02-19 0 0 Boiler feed water piping system overpressured. No damage apparent or loss of containment. No
2020-02-18 0 0 Pinhole leak discovered in 90° elbow of drain pipe on a separator. Yes
2020-02-18 0 0 Loose restraint caused contact and wear on tubes resulting in vapor/steam observed from an inspection access door. Yes
2020-02-10 0 0 Loss of containment at weld on process line connecting to a vessel. Owner determined that the loss of containment was a result of a crack caused by fatigue. Yes
2020-02-04 0 0 Freezing of water line due to failed heat tracing. Yes
2020-02-04 0 0 Boiler feed water low flow bypass piping spool developed a leak due to erosion. Yes
2020-02-03 0 0 Several tubes on aerial cooler failed due to freezing while cooler was out of service. Yes
2020-02-02 0 0 Loss of containment due to weld failure at return bend of economizer. Yes
2020-01-30 0 0 A leak was discovered in a high pressure steam piping system. The pipe was found to have a through wall crack as the result of service induced deterioration. Yes
2020-01-30 0 0 Hot spot discovered in a methane reformer furnace tube. No loss of containment, tube repaired. No
2020-01-29 0 0 Freezing at dead leg of condensate return line due to insufficient heat tracing. Yes
2020-01-27 0 0 Loss of containment due to pinhole on catalyst transfer line. Pinhole was determined to be a result of damaged refractory that resulted in localized erosion. Yes
2020-01-24 0 0 Boiler feed water blowdown piping failed due to freezing. The freezing was a result of extreme cold ambient conditions. Yes
2020-01-23 0 0 Pinhole leak in discharge elbow of process vessel due to localized wall thining. Yes
2020-01-22 0 0 Operators observed smoke and steam vapor issuing from a pressure vessel. Upon further inspection, a through wall crack approximately 30 inch long was found at a circumferential weld. Yes
2020-01-22 0 0 A tube bundle was removed from a heat exchanger for inspection and maintenance. The bundle was fouled with a substance that caught upon initial removal. No
2020-01-22 0 0 A pair of air cooled heat exchangers were found to have several split tubes due to freezing. The exchangers were in intermittent service and the owner has determined that they were not isolated correctly. Yes
2020-01-22 0 0 Pipe nipple failure due to a combination of vibration and cold temperatures resulted in a release of propane to atmosphere. Yes
2020-01-21 0 0 Liquids accumulated in a compressed gas cooler the tube and froze causing the tube to fail. Yes
2020-01-21 0 0 Mobile compressor package destroyed due to fire. The owner believes that the cause of the fire may have been as a result of cracked exhaust pipe inside the compressor trailer. Yes
2020-01-21 0 0 Liquids accumulated in a compressed gas cooler the tube and froze causing the tube to fail. Yes
2020-01-20 0 0 Operators discovered a small steam leak under the insulation at a pressure vessel nozzle. It was determined that internal erosion resulted in a breach of the pressure envelope. Yes
2020-01-20 0 0 Freezing of water line from inlet separator due to failed heat tracing. Yes
2020-01-18 0 0 Process upset due to failure of rotating equipment resulted in excess liquid and pressure in the system. The fluid released by the PSV contained excess liquid, which accumulated and ignited. Yes
2020-01-18 0 0 Freezing of steam trap due to failed heat tracing. No
2020-01-18 0 0 Leaking valve due to failed bonnet gasket. The owner suspects a previously undetected freezing event was the most probable cause. Yes
2020-01-18 0 0 Freezing of pressure piping line to flow meter due to failed heat tracing. No
2020-01-16 0 0 Truck hit an oil supply line causing loss of containment. Yes
2020-01-16 1 0 Operator burned with hot water while draining a filter pot. Second degree burns required hospitalization and surgery. Yes
2020-01-16 0 0 Pressure vessel sight glass gasket failed resulting in significant fluid loss. Emergency procedures were initiated to contain leak without further damage. Yes
2020-01-15 0 0 Ammonia leak reported at a load out station. Leak determined be the result of gasket failure at a flanged piping connection. Yes
2020-01-14 0 0 Freezing of slurry inlet line due to failed heat tracing. No
2020-01-12 0 0 Leak on process piping due to wall thinning as a result of unanticipated in-service corrosion. Yes
2020-01-11 0 0 Loss of containment from pinhole at the socket weld connecting a globe valve to steam supply line. The pinhole is believed to be caused by steam erosion. Yes
2020-01-11 0 0 The discharge piping of a safety valve was found to be frozen. The freezing was a result of a small ammount of water unintentionally passing through the safety valve. No
2020-01-10 0 0 Freezing of a froth condensate drain line caused a gasket failure resulting in a loss of containment. The freezing was caused by failure of heat tracing. Yes
2020-01-07 0 0 Through wall crack in air receiver resulted in a loss of containment. The crack appears to have initiated at a saddle support weld and propagated into the shell material, most likely as a result of vibration service. Yes
2020-01-07 0 0 A pinhole leak was discovered on the bridle to inlet separator as a result of a high LEL alarm. The pinhole is believed to be caused by microbial corrosion. Yes
2020-01-06 0 0 A pinhole leak was discovered on a piping system. The pinhole was attributed to corrosion. Yes
2020-01-03 0 0 Nipple at inlet of PSV leaking from a crack in the threads. Crack believed to be a result of vibration due to broken discharge piping support. Yes
2020-01-03 0 0 Unplanned plant shutdown, due to power outage, caused freezing in piping and exchangers. No
2019-12-24 0 0 A steam leak was detected on a blowdown line. The leak is believed to be due to corrosion. Yes
2019-12-24 0 0 A PSV was found to be unintentionally venting, as a result of a failed lifting spring. Yes
2019-12-20 0 0 During inspection, a total of 13 heating boilers were found to be operating without functional low water cut offs. No
2019-12-19 0 0 A compressor safely shut down after Lower Explosive Limits (LEL) were detected in a compressor building. Cracking was discovered at a thread-o-let and is believed to be fatigue induced from vibration of the piping. Yes
2019-12-19 0 0 Operations noticed abnormal level fluctuations in pressure vessels. Investigation found the associated piping to have failed as a result of freezing. Yes
2019-12-18 0 0 After a planned outage, the economizer tubes on a boiler were found to be leaking during start up. The cause of the leaking tubes was found to be freeze damage, as the economizer was not fully drained when the boiler was taken offline. Yes
2019-12-12 0 0 After repair, a valve was put back into service and placed under pressure. A nipple on the valve failed and was propelled through an adjacent wall. Yes
2019-12-11 0 0 A solvent outlet line was found to be frozen, due to failed heat tracing. No
2019-12-07 0 0 The piping on a high temperature separator failed, allowing process fluid to escape and then ignite, causing a fire. The cause of the leak is believed to be internal corrosion/erosion. Yes
2019-12-05 0 0 A plugged exchanger tube was found to be leaking due to a missing plug gasket. Yes
2019-12-04 0 0 A portion of boiler feedwater piping (on the pump suction side) was overpressured, due to an error in operation. No
2019-12-02 0 0 Frozen piping was discovered on the de-superheater water line inlet to a steam turbine generator. No
2019-11-28 0 0 Underground piping was found to be leaking. The cause of the failure was attributed to corrosion under insulation. Yes
2019-11-27 0 0 A pressure piping system experienced 3 separate failures due to freezing. Failure of the electric heat tracing is believed to be the cause. Yes
2019-11-27 0 0 A high pressure steam boiler was found to be leaking feedwater. The cause of the leak was determined to be a failed gasket. Yes
2019-11-26 0 0 A heating boiler was shut down because of a low limit alarm. Upon investigation a number of boiler tubes were found to have failed, most likely due to corrosion from inadequate water treatment. Yes
2019-11-25 0 0 A thermowell on an autoclave failed, allowing ammonia to escape. The failure is believed to be caused by a thinned thermowell wall, brought on by erosion. Yes
2019-11-19 0 0 Ammonia was discovered to be leaking from the top of a plate heat exchanger in a refrigeration plant. It was determined a gasket failure was the cause of the leak. Yes
2019-11-13 0 0 A flange on an isolation valve was found to be leaking during normal operation. The line was isolated and depressurized, and the leak corrected by tightening the bolting on the flange. Yes
2019-11-13 0 0 An air cooled heat exchanger tube failed due to the freezing of residual internal fluid left behind during maintenance work. Yes
2019-11-12 0 0 Condensate piping failed as a result of corrosion in the line. Yes
2019-11-12 0 0 A fire initiated at the top of a coke drum. The cause of the fire was undetermined. No
2019-11-12 0 0 An operator noticed fluid dripping from the channel head of a heat exchanger. Yes
2019-11-12 0 0 A section of 1 inch piping was damaged from rubbing on the compressor structure. Upon investigation a clamp was found to be broken, most likely from vibration. No
2019-11-11 0 0 A pinhole in the piping to an air cooled heat exchanger was discovered. The cause of the pinhole was identified as corrosion. Yes
2019-11-06 0 0 One of the tubes on an aerial cooler froze and ruptured, due to colder than anticipated temperatures. Yes
2019-11-04 0 0 An operator noticed steam leaking from a 4 inch elbow on the outlet piping on a power boiler. Inadequate water treatment is believed to be the root cause. Yes
2019-11-04 0 0 A pinhole leak was found on a water level control valve in a separator building. The pinhole is suspected to have been caused by sand erosion. Yes
2019-10-31 0 0 The feed nozzle of a reactor vessel cracked at the weld, releasing process fluid. It is suspected that improper gusseting led to the cracking. Yes
2019-10-25 0 0 An ammonia gas leak was discovered on a section of 8 inch piping. The root cause is believed to be corrosion under insulation. Yes
2019-10-24 0 0 Two nozzles on two different compressor bottles cracked, allowing process fluid to escape. The cracks were attributed to mechanical failure of the compressor, which caused it to move violently. Yes
2019-10-11 0 0 Steam was found to be leaking at a flanged connection. The flange was found to have pitting on the ring mating surface and the early stages of a steam cut. Yes
2019-10-08 0 0 A 2 inch elbow on the inlet to a blowdown drum was found to be leaking. The cause of failure is believed to be steam/condensate erosion. Yes
2019-10-07 0 0 During rounds, operators found process fluid to be leaking from a pressure vessel. Upon investigation the cause was attributed to corrosion under insulation. Yes
2019-10-03 0 0 Steam was found to be leaking from a flanged connection in a piping system. The line was inspected and a pinhole leak was found in the weld metal connecting the flange to the piping. Yes
2019-10-01 0 0 A pinhole leak was discovered coming from a |||tee||| on the steam side of the low water cut-off column of a power boiler. Yes
2019-10-01 0 0 A power boiler was found to be leaking at the tube-to-tubesheet welds. It's believed this was due to thermal cycling of the boiler. Yes
2019-10-01 0 0 Steam was found to be leaking from the gauge glass column of a power boiler. Vibration is suspected to be the cause of the leak. Yes
2019-10-01 0 0 Steam was found to be leaking from the orifice flange on a boiler feedwater line. Yes
2019-09-30 0 0 A watertube was found to be leaking in a hot water heating boiler. Yes
2019-09-27 0 0 Vibration caused a pressure indicator to unscrew, resulting in a release of gas which in turn ignited. Yes
2019-09-26 0 0 An instrument air line on a hydrogen compressor was found to be leaking. The air line is believed to have cracked from compressor vibration. Yes
2019-09-24 0 0 Cracked welds were discovered on the drain nozzle of a compressor bottle. Yes
2019-09-23 0 0 A process train was overpressured due to a process excursion and blocked-in PSV. Loss of containment occurred due to gasket failure. Yes
2019-09-23 0 0 A through wall crack was discovered at the firetube-to-tubesheet weld of a power boiler. Yes
2019-09-23 0 0 An operator noticed steam venting from the level glass on a power boiler. Upon inspection, the level glass was found to be cracked. Yes
2019-09-20 0 0 A heat exchanger was found to be leaking. Upon investigation, the source of the leak was determined to be a faulty gasket. Yes
2019-09-04 0 0 A 2 inch fuel gas piping line was found to be leaking due to external corrosion. Yes
2019-09-04 0 0 During maintenance, a small fire started in a vessel. The fire is believed to have been caused by iron sulphides (in scale) reacting with oxygen. No
2019-09-03 0 0 Pinhole leak in Thermal Fluid Heater coil caused furnace to trip on an over temperature condition. It was concluded that external abrasion between refractory and the tube caused the leak. Yes
2019-08-27 0 0 Process fluid was found to be leaking from the weep hole of a manway repad on a pressure vessel. Yes
2019-08-22 0 0 A pump seal failure caused an ammonia leak at a food processing facility. Yes
2019-08-06 0 0 An H2S alarm and compressor shutdown was caused by a cracked nipple from the second stage scrubber of the compressor. The cracked nipple was found to be a result of fatigue due to vibration. Yes
2019-08-06 0 0 A pinhole was found on the flange weld of a separator. The internal coating had failed, causing preferential corrosion at that particular location. Yes
2019-08-06 0 0 A through wall crack was discovered on a vessel at a 24 inch nozzle weld. The crack was a result of fatigue due to vibration. Yes
2019-07-30 0 0 During routine operation a leak was detected on a 4||| boiler feedwater line. Upon investigation the piping was found to have been subjected to corrosion under insulation. Yes
2019-07-24 4 0 During a planned outage, workers were removing the blind flange on a waste heat boiler when they were sprayed with hot boiler feedwater. Yes
2019-07-19 0 0 During routine rounds, operators detected a leak in the economizer of a boiler. Investigation revealed a tube had failed, most likely due to fatigue. Yes
2019-07-17 0 0 A compression fitting connection failed due to improper installation, resulting in a loss of process fluid. The fitting was not tightened to the manufacturer's specifications, resulting in insufficient crimping of the tubing. Yes
2019-07-16 0 0 A pin hole leak was found on the condensate dump valve of an inlet separator. Sand erosion is believed to be the cause of the pin hole. Yes
2019-07-15 0 0 The gasket on the inlet nozzle of a pressure vessel failed, allowing process gas to escape. The gas ignited after coming into contact with welding that was being performed in the vicinity. Yes
2019-07-09 0 0 During operation the bellows on a PSV was found to be leaking. Yes
2019-07-09 0 0 During plant start-up a blowdown header overpressured causing water hammer to occur. The water hammer caused a 3/4||| drain valve assembly to break. Yes
2019-07-09 0 0 A crack was found in a connection weld on a coker. The crack is believed to have been caused by a high stress concentration at that location. Yes
2019-07-04 0 0 A loss of containment was reported due to the failure of a 3/4 inch to 1/4 inch swage reducer in a transmitter line. The failure was located in the threaded area of the swage and was determined to be caused by vibration related fatigue. Yes
2019-07-02 1 0 An operator was sprayed in the face with process fluid after turning a valve that was under pressure. No
2019-07-01 0 0 A 2 inch elbow drain off an 8 inch truck load line failed due to external corrosion (elbow in soil). Yes
2019-07-01 0 0 Oil was found leaking into the firetube of a fired treater. The treater was safely shut down, with no further consequences. Yes
2019-06-28 0 0 An elbow in an acid piping system failed due to corrosion. Dew point corrosion is suspected, as Sulphur was known to be in the line causing corrosive acid to form. Yes
2019-06-24 0 0 A gas leak caused Low Explosive Limit (LEL) detectors to shut down a booster compressor unit. The cause of the leak was found to be a through wall crack on the inlet of a safety valve. Yes
2019-06-24 0 0 An operator discovered a leak below a discharge bottle in a compressor building. The leak was due to a cracked drain nipple on the discharge piping. Yes
2019-06-24 0 0 Operators discovered a pinhole leak on an oil emulsion pressure piping line. Pinhole was found be caused by Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI). Yes
2019-06-21 0 0 During startup of a process system, a pressure piping system failed in a dead-leg. Yes
2019-06-19 0 0 Operators discovered a leak underneath a separator. The leak was due a pinhole in the bottom head of the vessel. Yes
2019-06-13 0 0 During planned maintenance activities, materials inside a vessel were exposed to air, resulting in an exothermic reaction. Yes
2019-06-10 0 0 A sandblast tank overpressured causing the manway cover to fail, launching it through a building roof. Upon investigation the safety relief valve was found to be wired shut. Yes
2019-06-04 0 0 An employee failed to completely depressurize a sandblast tank before attempting to open the lid. The lid swung open, denting the vessel. No
2019-06-03 0 0 A piping flange connection was found to be misaligned, allowing process gas to escape. The piping system was shut down without incident. Yes
2019-06-03 0 0 A cracked 1 inch nipple was found leaking process fluid in a piping system, which was shut down without incident. Yes
2019-05-23 0 0 Operators noticed low suction pressure on a compressor. Upon investigation several heat exchanger tubes were found to have failed due to corrosion. Yes
2019-05-21 0 0 A high pressure steam boiler was found leaking water from three failed watertubes. The failure is believed to be due to corrosion of the tubes. Yes
2019-05-13 0 0 Process fluid was found to be leaking from an elbow on a piping system. The elbow failed due to erosion. Yes
2019-05-06 0 0 The firetube in a treater failed, allowing process fluid to escape. The fluid ignited, causing a fire which damaged the treater. Yes
2019-05-02 0 0 A line heater was overfilled, which caused a loss of containment. The process fluid then ignited, causing a fire. Yes
2019-05-01 0 0 An insulated process piping line was found to be leaking gas. Once the insulation was removed, the piping was found to be excessively corroded externally. Yes
2019-05-01 0 0 A pinhole leak was found on the downcomer pipe between a reboiler and an accumulator. The equipment was shut down without incident. Yes
2019-04-25 0 0 The gasket on an emulsion treater failed, allowing process fluid to escape. The facility was shut down and the gasket replaced. Yes
2019-04-17 0 0 The weld on a steam header branch connection failed, allowing steam to escape. Yes
2019-04-17 0 0 Process fluid was found to be leaking from a cracked nipple on a vortex scrubber. Yes
2019-04-17 0 0 Several leaks were found throughout a process piping system. It was found that an unanticipated change to the corrosion inhibitor system resulted in an accelerated corrosion rate. Yes
2019-04-17 0 0 The main gas valve on a high pressure steam valve failed open, allowing gas to accumulate. Upon start-up the accumulated gas ignited, causing an explosion. No
2019-04-16 0 0 A power outage in a process plant caused the flow of thermal oil to stop. Power was restored, creating a water hammer condition which damaged the pressure vessel. Yes
2019-04-15 0 0 A fire heater tube ruptured, causing a fire which damaged surrounding equipment. Yes
2019-04-15 0 0 A waterwall tube in a high pressure hot water boiler developed a leak. Upon investigation, a casing attachment weld was found to have failed. Yes
2019-04-08 0 0 During rounds, an operator noticed gas escaping from a nozzle weld on a third stage suction scrubber. The vessel was safely shut down and repaired. Yes
2019-04-08 0 0 A cracked nipple was found on the bleed line from a compressor to flare. The line was shut down and the nipple repaired. Yes
2019-04-01 0 0 The threaded inlet of a safety valve failed on a compressor skid, allowing gas to escape. Yes
2019-03-29 0 0 Flammable material was inadvertently left in a pressure vessel used for heat treating products at a high temperature. The material ignited, causing a fire. No
2019-03-28 0 0 A leak was discovered at the inlet nozzle of a pressure vessel. The leaking process fluid came into contact with hot piping and ignited, causing a fire. Yes
2019-03-26 0 0 A pinhole leak was discovered in the union connecting the pressure gauge to the steam drum of a high pressure steam boiler. Yes
2019-03-22 0 0 An atmospheric tank overfilled with glycol. The glycol came in contact with a nearby burner, igniting and causing a fire. Yes
2019-03-14 0 0 A gasket leak in an ammonia refrigeration system in the mechanical room at an arena triggered an alarm which resulted in evacuation of the facility. Yes
2019-03-14 0 0 An operator noticed steam coming from a line in a pipe rack. The plant was shut down and upon investigation the leak was determined to be caused by freeze damage to boiler feedwater line. Yes
2019-03-14 0 0 In the process of restarting a primary separation facility that had been out of service for several months, the operator discovered a fuel gas scrubber leaking from freeze damage. Yes
2019-03-13 0 0 Water was left in a shutdown process piping system and froze causing the pipe to split. When the process fluid was re-introduced a leak was discovered. Yes
2019-03-10 0 0 An operator noticed steam leaking from a pipe and on investigation found a 2 inch long crack in the pipe. A passing block valve had allowed condensate to accumulate in an unheated portion of piping the condensate froze resulting in the pipe splitting. Yes
2019-03-09 0 0 Failure of heat tracing resulted in two areas of splitting on a steam line due to freezing. Yes
2019-03-07 0 0 Failure of heat tracing resulted in a drain line valve splitting due to freezing. Yes
2019-03-07 0 0 Cast iron sectional steam heating boiler overheated due to a low water condition and failed. Yes
2019-03-04 0 0 A power boiler safety valve was discharging as a result of an emergency shutdown of the boiler. The piping supports failed resulting in the vent piping being launched causing damage to nearby structures. Fortunately no injuries were sustained. No
2019-03-03 0 0 A leak was detected in a top section of an economizer. The source of the leak was found to be at a tube weld. Yes
2019-03-01 0 0 Steam line developed a leak as a result of corrosion causing a hazardous environment due to steam vapour cloud in the operating area limiting visibility. A engineered pressure enclosure was applied to eliminate the immediate hazard. Yes
2019-03-01 0 0 A gasket leak was discovered at the channel to shell joint of a heat exchanger during startup following a maintenance outage. Yes
2019-03-01 0 0 An operator noticed a small fire on a process gas header. Operations initiated a controlled shutdown without further incident. The source of fuel was process fluid that had leaked from cracked socket welds at drain connections. Yes
2019-02-28 0 0 Abnormal flow induced vibration caused a crack to form in a weld-o-let fillet weld on a piping system. Yes
2019-02-25 0 0 The bodies of two steam-jacketted process valves failed. The damage was cause by condensate that had accumulated in the valve bodies and froze due to failure of the associated steam traps. Yes
2019-02-24 0 0 A leak was found on a steam sampling line. The line was supposed to be out of service, but the isolation valve was passing, allowing condensate to accumulate and freeze in the piping, causing it to rupture. Yes
2019-02-22 0 0 A pipe nipple failed on a sight glass attached to sour gas suction scrubber leading to a release of gas which then ignited. The source of ignition was believed to be from hot engine components in the compressor skid package. Yes
2019-02-21 0 0 Operators discovered a naptha leak in the inlet header piping at a branch connection to the main header. Yes
2019-02-21 0 0 Operators found a naptha leak on the outlet header piping at a branch connection to the main header. Yes
2019-02-18 0 0 Operators found a process line leaking gas. The source of the leak was found to be a crack in the heat affected zone of a reducer. Yes
2019-02-16 0 0 Process fuel leaked from valves and ignited when it came into contact with hot piping below, causing a fire. Yes
2019-02-12 0 0 Product froze in an air cooled heat exchanger tube due to low ambient temperature (-40C) and reduced flow. Freezing resulted in rupture of the tube which was revealed when the ambient temperature increased sufficent to melt the frozen product. Yes
2019-02-12 0 0 A valve bonnet separated from the body releasing product. The failure was the result of freeze damage which occurred after maintenance work had been completed and the system was left without adequate insulation. Yes
2019-02-12 0 0 Operators noticed process fluid dripping out of the insulation on a pressure piping system. Once the insulation was removed a pinhole leak was found in the piping at a weld. The system was shut down for repairs. Yes
2019-02-11 0 0 A tube leak was discovered in a boiler economizer. The boiler was shut down repaired and leak tested. Yes
2019-02-11 0 0 A loss of containment occurred in a process piping system due to a crack at the toe of a weld joining an 8” branch connection to a 14” pipe. Yes
2019-02-11 0 0 Two air cooled heat exchangers sustained extensive freezing damage and were removed from service. Yes
2019-02-10 0 0 Operators detected hydrocarbon leaking from an air cooled heat exchanger. The process was safely shutdown and the equipment isolated and purged for inspection. The leak was caused by freezing. Yes
2019-02-10 0 0 A leak was discovered in a steam condensate line. The heat tracing system had failed resulting in freezing damage and loss of containment. Yes
2019-02-10 0 0 A leak was discovered at a welded connection in a boiler economizer tube. Yes
2019-02-09 0 0 Ammonia leaking from a fitting in the piping system resulted in evacuation of an ice area. Yes
2019-02-06 0 0 Ammonia leak contained to mechanical room at an arena triggered an alarm and resulted in evacuation of the building. The source of the leak was an instrumentation connection near the compressor. Yes
2019-01-26 0 0 Following startup of a compressor unit a small readily contained fire occurred due to leakage at a loose fitting. Yes
2019-01-24 0 0 A leak occurred in a fitting in a process piping system due to impingment of steam injected into the process. Yes
2019-01-24 0 0 Small bore piping on a compressor package developed a through wall crack. Inadequate support and vibrations is believed to be the cause of this failure. Yes
2019-01-22 0 0 A deadleg in a steam condensate piping system failed due to freeze damage as a result of failure of the heat tracing system. Yes
2019-01-21 0 0 An operator detected a hydrogen sulfide leak and shut the plant down. The source of the hydrogen sulfide was later determined to be a pinhole leak in a nozzle on a pressure vessel. Yes
2019-01-21 0 0 A pressure piping system developed two through-wall leaks due to impingement of steam and process materials. Yes
2019-01-19 0 0 Operations personnel detected process gas leakage from a piping system. The plant was safely shut down with no further consequences. Yes
2019-01-18 3 0 A gas leak resulted in an explosion and fire in a compressor skid. Yes
2019-01-15 0 0 A newly designed valve pass plate was installed into a valve and the flow pattern through the pass plate caused an erosive stream to the upper portion of the spool which led to the failure. Yes
2019-01-14 0 0 A steam leak was discoverd on a steam header. Probable cause of tne leak is a fatigue crack at a support weld. Yes
2019-01-14 0 0 Vertical air receiver sustained a crack at the weld to vessel interface, where the compressor base is welded to the head of the vessel. The unit was taken out of service. Yes
2019-01-14 0 0 A tube in an air cooled heat exchanger failed due to freezing, causing the compressor to trip. Yes
2019-01-08 0 0 A pinhole leak was discovered in a high pressure steam condensate line. Yes
2019-01-07 0 0 A leak was discovered at a socket weld in a 1||| high pressure steam line. Yes
2019-01-04 0 0 A remote site was left uninspected for several days in cold weather. Fuel gas to the unit heater was lost. The fuel gas scrubber (a fitting) was frozen and ruptured. Yes
2019-01-04 0 0 During operation of a fired treater, the firetube failed due to localized overheating caused by scale fouling on the process side. Yes
2018-12-28 0 0 A leak was found in a process piping system. Errosion-corrosion is the suspected damage mechanism. Yes
2018-12-17 0 0 Gas leaked from a failed compressor cylinder valve cap O-ring resulting in a fire which damaged a pressure vessel. Yes
2018-12-16 0 0 A leak was discovered in a section of process piping that had been isolated without freezing protection during a shut down. The leak was discovered when the frozen product thawed after start up. Yes
2018-12-16 0 0 A steam leak was discovered at a flanged connection in a piping system soon after startup. The leak seems to have been the result of freezing damage that occurred during the outage. Yes
2018-12-13 0 0 A heat exchanger tube bundle had been removed from the shell for maintenance. Process residue on the tubes ignited resulting in a small fire. No
2018-12-12 0 0 A high pressure steam condensate line developed a leak and was shut down for repair. Yes
2018-12-10 0 0 A gas leak from a sight glass gasket on a suction scrubber resulted in a fire in a compressor skid. Yes
2018-12-08 0 0 The burner control on a process heater failed to shut down, resulting in overheating of the firetube. Yes
2018-12-07 0 0 The expansion joint in the non-code firetube of a line heater failed resulting in loss of heat medium. Yes
2018-12-05 0 0 A firetube flange gasket on a fired treater leaked, releasing process fluid. The leak was the result of over-torquing the flange bolts. Yes
2018-12-05 0 0 Oil was found leaking into the firetube of a fired treater. The treater was immediately safely shut down, with no further consequences. Yes
2018-12-03 0 0 Small bore piping on a compressor suction scrubber failed, releasing gas. The gas ignited causing an explosion and fire. Yes
2018-11-29 0 0 Cold weather caused the contents (mud & water) of a well site separator to freeze, resulting in vessel rupture. The building unit heater was not in operation at the time. Yes
2018-11-29 0 0 Operators discovered a tube leak in an air cooled heat exchanger. The leak was caused by freezing of liquids in the tubes. Yes
2018-11-29 0 0 Low ambient temperature caused the water in the shell side of a lube oil cooler to freeze, resulting in shell rupture. Yes
2018-11-20 0 0 An unexpected accumulation of water in a product transfer pipe froze and caused the pipe to split, releasing product. Yes
2018-11-20 0 0 Operators discovered a process fluid leak in a piping system. Further inspection found two pinholes and significant wall loss due to corrosion in the area of concern. Yes
2018-11-15 0 0 Operators discovered a leak at a flange on a PSV inlet. Further inspection revealed that the flange body had formed a pinhole leak. Yes
2018-11-13 0 0 Plant operator found steam leaking from a steam heat coil. The source of the steam leak was found to be at a socket weld tee fitting. Yes
2018-11-07 0 0 Service fluid leaked from an air cooled heat exchanger as a result of tube wall material loss. Yes
2018-11-01 0 0 Operators found a process gas leak in a piping system. The source of the leak was determined to be a crack in the weld heat affected zone of a reducer. Yes
2018-10-30 0 0 A bellows in a process unit failed due to stress corrosion cracking after a relatively short period of service. Yes
2018-10-30 0 0 A process fluid leak was found under a heat exchanger. The source of the leak was found to be a nozzle that had deteriorated due to corrosion. Yes
2018-10-24 1 1 A wellhead vessel failed. There was one fatality and one person injured. Yes
2018-10-23 0 0 A socket weld cracked in a 2 inch pressure piping system releasing hydrocarbon which was detected by instrumentation and the plant was shut down without further incident. Yes
2018-10-23 0 0 During start-up of a boiler, an unstable fire in the furnace led to a small fuel gas explosion, which resulted in damage to control wiring. No
2018-10-17 0 0 Process leaked from a flanged connection resulting in a fire. The source of the ignition was hot work taking place in the vicinity. Yes
2018-10-17 0 0 Instrument tubing failed resulting in uplanned shutdown of a power plant. Yes
2018-10-16 1 0 During a process upset, a valve was opened to depressurize the system. Gas from the valve ignited in a flash fire, resulting in burns to the operator. Yes
2018-10-15 0 0 A fuel gas supply hose failed in a compressor skid, resulting in a fire. Yes
2018-10-11 0 0 Operators observed a leaking nipple on the discharge side of the compressor piping. The piping was safely isolated without further incident. Yes
2018-10-04 0 0 Failure of a bi-metallic weld in a reformer furnace resulted in leakage of combustible hydrocarbon gas. There was no fire or explosion. Yes
2018-10-03 2 0 A pressure vessel containing pyrophoric material was being prepared for inspection. When exposed to the atmosphere the pyrophoric material ignited causing a fire. No
2018-09-20 0 0 A compression fitting failed in a pressure piping (tubing) system. Yes
2018-08-20 1 0 A 500 gallon propane tank was being cut into pieces by hydraulic shears attached to a track hoe. When the pressure boundary of a tank was breached propane escaped forming a propane vapour cloud which ignited in a flash fire. Yes
2018-08-15 0 0 A leak developed in a 2||| sulfuric acid transfer piping system. The leak resulted in approximately 500 kg of 98% sulfuric acid spilling to the ground. Yes
2018-08-14 0 0 A firetube salt bath heater failed resulted in overheating and failure of the non-code shell. No
2018-08-10 0 0 A piece of 1/2 inch stainless steel tubing connecting the autoclave to the condenser ruptured, releasing hot vapours and hydrogen gas above the auto ignition temperature of the mixture. A fire was the result. Yes
2018-07-24 0 0 A process upset resulted in a lack of flow to a heat exchanger, causing localized overheating and a flange leak. Escaped process fluid ignited, causing a fire that was quickly extinguished by operations. Yes
2018-07-09 0 0 A pumpjack engine back-fired and discharged embers onto combustible insulation which started to burn. Process instrumentation and control equipment was damaged by the fire. No
2018-07-09 0 0 During operation of a fired treater the firetube failed (through-wall pitting), releasing process fluid. The fluid ignited causing a fire. Yes
2018-07-03 0 0 A de-sanding valve in a SAGD facility failed releasing process fluids. Yes
2018-06-29 0 0 Small bore piping (tubing) in high pressure liquid oxygen service failed. A small quantity of liquid oxygen was released prior to safe shut down of the plant. Yes
2018-06-28 0 0 Steam header through wall crack leaking steam. Weld at repad developed crack along the toe of the weld. Yes
2018-06-27 0 0 A leak was discovered between the tube sheet and tube of a glycol boiler. The unit was safely shut down. Yes
2018-06-22 0 0 Company inspectors discovered propane tanks being used as air receivers and had them removed from service. No
2018-06-21 1 0 An operator was hospitalized for treatment of burns caused by steam and hot water released from a steam-out hose connection. No
2018-06-19 1 0 A worker was treated for burns caused by a flash fire which occurred while the worker was using a wash-wand to spray water into an open pressure vessel manway to prepare the vessel for internal inspection. No
2018-06-15 0 0 Process piping was overheated from a high temperature reaction that occurred inside the pipe. No
2018-06-12 0 0 Through wall corrosion of vent piping on a thermal liquid tank allowed thermal liquid to leak. Yes
2018-06-07 1 0 The safety valves on a compressor package were removed for servicing. A process upset ocurred, introducing natural gas into the piping system which leaked from the openings, resulting in a fire. An operator was burned. Yes
2018-06-06 0 0 Hydrocarbon leaked from the weld at a small bore piping branch connection resulting in a fire. Yes
2018-06-05 0 0 Process piping was overheated from a high temperature reaction that occurred inside the pipe. No
2018-05-29 1 0 During the shutdown of a boiler feedwater pump, a hose was used to drain the system. As the drain valve was opened and flow started, the hose whipped due to the discharge reaction and the operator was sprayed by hot water and burned. Yes
2018-05-29 0 0 The shell of a heat exchanger in hot water service was deformed and developed a through-wall crack due to overpressure. Yes
2018-05-18 0 0 Operators discoveed a leak at a nozzle weld on suction scrubber piping. The plant was shut in and depressurized with no consequential damage. Yes
2018-05-08 0 0 During start-up of a power boiler, the steam drum manway gasket failed, releasing steam. Yes
2018-05-03 0 0 Heating boiler furnace explosion resulted in damage to the boiler casing. No
2018-04-30 0 0 Excessive heat input from an electric heater caused the shell of a pressure vessel to fail, releasing process fluid. The fluid ignited, causing a fire. Yes
2018-04-23 1 0 A furnace explosion occurred during start-up of a power boiler. The operator was treated for burns in hospital. No
2018-04-20 0 0 A heating boiler was destroyed by excessive heat from overfiring. No
2018-04-17 0 0 Small bore piping on a compressor suction bottle failed, releasing gas which resulted in a fire. Yes
2018-04-15 0 0 Small bore piping failure on engine fuel gas piping released fuel gas to building resulting in explosion and fire. Yes
2018-04-13 0 0 Hydrocarbon leaked from a heat exchanger shell to channel joint resulting in a fire. Yes
2018-04-12 0 0 Heating boiler furnace explosion resulted in damage to the boiler casing. No
2018-04-09 0 0 Sight glass in a weak acid cation water softener failed, resulting in a loss of containment. Yes
2018-04-07 0 0 An unintentional release of process fluid through a valve ignited, causing a fire. Yes
2018-03-26 0 0 Fire destroyed 2 fuel gas scrubbers and associated piping. No
2018-03-19 0 0 The contents in the depressurizing line from a pig receiver froze resulting in failure of the depressurizing line. Yes
2018-02-12 0 0 During operation of a fired treater the firetube gasket failed, releasing process fluid. The fluid ignited causing a fire. Yes
2018-02-08 0 0 During operation of a fired treater the firetube failed (through-wall crack), releasing process fluid. The fluid ignited causing a fire. Yes
2018-02-02 0 0 The contents in a closed pressure vessel froze resulting in failure of the pressure vessel shell. Yes
2018-01-14 0 0 The contents in a closed pressure vessel froze resulting in failure of the pressure vessel shell. Yes
2018-01-10 0 0 A small bore piping (tubing) leak resulted in a fire in a compressor skid. Yes
2018-01-09 0 0 A process upset resulted in a reaction fire inside a pressure piping system. No
2017-12-21 0 1 Heating boiler exhaust piping failed causing flue gas to accumulate in a building. A worker died from exposure to carbon monoxide. No
2017-12-06 0 0 Hydrocarbon released from flare stack ignited and destroyed fuel gas supply building. Hydrocarbon was from PSV discharging to flare stack. Yes
2017-11-30 0 1 Pressure released from a sandblast hopper caused a worker to fall off the equipment. The worker later died of his injuries. Yes
2017-11-17 0 0 An ammonia leak in an ice arena resulted in the evacuation of the building. There were no injuries reported. Yes
2017-11-16 0 0 Hydrocarbon leaked from a valve packing gland in a process facility. The leak was detected, and activated the plant alarm. Yes
2017-11-01 0 0 A hose used to transfer liquid hydrocarbon was overpressurized. Yes
2017-10-19 0 0 Hydrocarbon leaked from a threaded plug in small bore piping vent. The leaked fluid caught fire. No
2017-09-22 0 0 A tube leak resulted in a smelt water reaction in a recovery boiler furnace. Yes
2017-09-12 1 0 Buried piping was damaged by construction activities, causing a hydrocarbon leak that resulted in an explosion. Yes
2017-08-28 0 0 A gas leak in small bore braided hose resulted in a fire at a compressor station. Yes
2017-08-15 0 0 Freeze damage was discovered during seasonal maintenance of out-of-service pressure piping. Yes
2017-08-02 0 0 A flange gasket leaked process fluid from a treater vessel resulting in a fire. Yes
2017-07-13 0 0 A hydrate plug formed in a piping system. The hydrate plug broke free and impacted a valve downstream, causing mechanical damage which resulted in a leak. Yes
2017-07-12 0 0 Gas leaked from a flanged joint resulting in a fire. The fire was extinguished and there was no consequential damage. Yes
2017-07-11 0 0 Lightning strike caused a fire at a separator building, damaging the pressure equipment inside. No
2017-06-20 0 0 Through wall corrosion on the drain line of a fuel gas scrubber allowed process fluid to escape. Operators discovered the leak and initated an emergency shut down of the unit, preventing a fire from occuring. Yes
2017-06-16 0 0 The threaded bonnet separated from the body of a pressure relief valve due to forces resulting from the discharge piping system freezing. Yes
2017-06-16 0 0 During operation of a fired treater the firetube failed, releasing process fluid. The fluid ignited causing a fire Yes
2017-05-31 2 0 A nonmetallic pipe failed during operation, releasing acid which contacted two operators. Yes
2017-05-22 0 0 A procedural error in drawing process fluid from a system resulted in a small fire. No
2017-05-17 0 0 The gasket failed in a treater firetube flange releasing oil which ignited resulting in fire damage to the treater, pop tank and building. Yes
2017-05-05 0 0 During maintenance welding of structural steel, combustible material was ignited. The resulting fire damaged pressure vessels and piping. Yes
2017-04-04 0 0 During operation of a fired treater, the firetube failed due to localized overheating caused by scale fouling on the process side. Process fluid leaked into the firetube, causing a fire. Yes
2017-03-31 0 0 A leak at a weld released process fluid, which auto-ignited resulting in a small, localized fire, with no collateral damage. Yes
2017-03-14 1 0 A process fluid leak in created a vapour cloud which ignited and caused a fire. One worker was treated for burns. Yes
2017-03-13 2 0 During maintenance of an ammonia system a worker inadvertantly caused an isolation valve to partially open, releasing ammonia. Two workers were injured as a result of contact with the released ammonia. Yes
2017-02-19 0 0 A through wall crack in a pressure vessel resulted in a loss of containment and fire. Yes
2017-02-12 0 0 Firetube boiler furnace tube overheated and failed due to waterside fouling. Yes
2017-02-12 0 0 During manual desanding of a separator vessel, the drain line became plugged and failed. Yes
2017-01-26 0 0 During the hydrostatic pressure test of a pressure piping system, a valve failed in the test assembly used to connect the piping to the pressure source. Yes
2017-01-24 0 0 A process heater overheated and failed during startup. Yes
2017-01-13 0 0 A flash fire occurred in a compressor building. No
2017-01-12 0 0 A gasket failed on a sour service oil treater. Yes
2017-01-04 0 0 A fire occurred during the start-up of a compressor. No
2016-12-14 0 0 Fluid leaked into off line compressor discharge piping and froze. Compressor cylinder was damaged by excessive pressure when compressor was started. No
2016-12-10 0 0 Pin-hole leak in branch connection weld to pressure vessel nozzle released small amount of hyrdrocarbon resulting in a fire. The nozzle had corrosion resistant overlay, but the the branch connection did not. Yes
2016-11-24 0 0 A control system malfunctioned releasing process fluids. The fluids ignited causing a fire. No
2016-11-15 0 0 A fire in a compressor skid resulted in damage to pressure piping. No
2016-09-09 0 0 A flange gasket in a pressure piping system containing heavy oil failed resulting in a fire. Yes
2016-09-08 0 0 A furnace explosion occurred during start-up of a gas fired heating boiler. No
2016-08-12 0 0 An engine fire damaged a fuel gas scrubber and the associated piping system. No
2016-06-22 0 0 Process fouling in a heat exchanger resulted in localized overheating and loss of containment. Yes
2016-06-21 0 0 Hydrocarbons were released due to operational error, resulting in a fire that caused no damage to the pressure equipment. No
2016-06-14 0 0 Pressure vessels and piping were damaged by fire at natural gas wellsite. The fire is suspected to have been initiated by a lightning strike. No
2016-06-09 1 0 An operator recieved first degree burns to hands and neck from blowback during light-off of fired treater burner. No
2016-05-18 0 0 Liquid hydrocarbon leaked in a pumphouse, causing a fire that damaged pressure piping. Yes
2016-05-05 0 0 A fibreglass pop tank caught fire at an unmanned wellhead facility. Pressure vessels and associated piping were damaged from heat exposure. No
2016-04-26 1 0 An operator was draining a hot water storage tank. The threaded drain pipe swung due to reaction forces. The operator was burned by hot water and steam. No
2016-03-02 0 0 Oil emulsion leaked into a fire tube in an idle free water knock out vessel. The oil was eventually ignited by the burner pilot resulting in a fire which damaged auxilliary equipment. No
2016-02-12 0 0 During operation of a fired treater, a crack developed in the firetube releasing process fluid. The fluid ignited causing a fire. Yes
2016-02-11 0 0 Accumulation of condensate in an isolated section of steam piping froze and caused the pipe to rupture. Yes
2016-02-10 0 0 A hydrocarbon leak from a piping system in a processing facility resulted in a small fire. The plant was shut down safely with no further damage. Yes
2016-02-05 0 0 During normal operation, process piping failed due to service induced deterioration. Corrosion under insulation was a factor. Yes
2016-02-04 0 0 Unattended portable fired heater used to thaw frozen pressure equipment in a skid building ignited a tarp causing a fire. No
2016-01-22 0 0 During normal operation a steam heating boiler overheated due to low water level. Yes
2016-01-18 0 0 A through wall crack developed in process piping during operation. Yes
2016-01-15 0 2 Explosion in hydrocracker unit. Two workers killed. Yes
2016-01-05 1 0 Sight glass failure on a process vessel. Operator received burns to hands from hot liquid. Yes
2016-01-04 0 0 A boiler blowdown line froze and ruptured due to inadequate heat tracing. Yes
2016-01-04 0 1 A 20-pound propane bottle that had been filled with water and was being heated with a propane torch, to produce steam, when it failed catastrophically. One man was killed. Yes
2015-12-28 0 0 A header in an air cooled steam condenser ruptured due to freezing. Yes
2015-12-28 0 0 A compressor engine fire caused damage to a pressure vessel and associated piping. No
2015-12-15 1 0 A fitting failed during start-up of a compressor following routine maintenance. A worker was struck and injured by debris. Yes
2015-12-09 0 0 Fire caused by a flange leak during start-up of a heat exchanger in hydrocarbon service. Yes
2015-12-08 1 1 A man-lift device struck a pipe in low pressure liquid ammonia service. The pipe broke releasing ammonia, resulting in one fatality. Yes
2015-12-07 0 0 A through wall crack developed in process piping during operation. Yes
2015-12-03 3 0 During maintenance a valve was removed from a propane tank, releasing propane gas. The propane gas ignited, causing an explosion. No
2015-12-01 0 0 Fire caused by service-induced deterioration of a tube in a fired process heater during operation. Yes
2015-11-10 0 0 A flange in high pressure steam service failed during start-up of the steam plant. Yes
2015-10-31 0 0 Process piping failed due to freezing, as a result of inadequate heat tracing. Escaping hydrogen ignited causing a fire. Yes
2015-10-22 0 0 Due to an improper air/gas ratio, a furnace explosion occurred in a boiler during operation. No
2015-10-21 1 0 During maintenance of a heating plant, a safety valve unexpectedly relieved, releasing steam in the direction of a worker. No
2015-10-15 0 0 During start-up, a process plant was overpressured due to an unexpected blockage in the piping. No
2015-10-08 0 0 During maintenance on a refrigeration system in an ice rink, ammonia was inadvertantly released. Yes
2015-09-17 0 0 Mechanical joint leak in a fired process heater. Yes
2015-09-14 0 0 Unanticipated flow impingement caused abrasive wear to a pressure vessel, resulting in a pinhole failure. Yes
2015-09-04 0 0 A mechanical joint failed releasing process fluid, which ignited and caused a fire. Yes
2015-08-30 0 0 A threaded connection failed on compressor pressure piping. The failure released gas which ignited in the compressor building. Yes
2015-08-29 0 0 During a planned shutdown, a heat exchanger gasket failed releasing process fluid. The fluid ignited, causing a fire. Yes
2015-08-29 0 0 Due to external corrosion, a process piping line ruptured releasing process fluid. The fluid ignited, causing a fire. Yes
2015-07-29 0 0 A pressure vessel overheated during a temperature excursion, resulting in permanent deformation of a section of the shell. No
2015-07-07 0 0 During start-up of a new facility, a vessel was over-pressurized as a result of improperly operating controls and relief device. No
2015-06-25 0 0 Due to an improper air/gas ratio, a furnace explosion occurred in a package boiler during start-up. No
2015-06-24 1 0 An operator was burned by hot process fluids while preparing a vessel for inspection. Yes
2015-06-24 0 0 A lightning strike caused a fire in an atmoshperic storage tank. The fire damaged nearby pressure equipment. No
2015-06-23 0 0 During operation of a fired heater, a crack developed in the firetube releasing process fluid. The fluid ignited causing a fire. Yes
2015-06-16 0 0 During operation of a fired treater, a crack developed in the firetube releasing process fluid. The fluid ignited causing a fire. Yes
2015-06-06 0 0 A pressure vessel containing pyrophoric material was being prepared for inspection. When exposed to the atmosphere the pyrophoric material ignited causing a fire. No
2015-06-01 0 0 During operation of a fired treater, a crack developed in the firetube releasing process fluid. The fluid ignited causing a fire. Yes
2015-05-20 0 0 During maintenance of an ammonia refrigeration system, ammonia was inadvertantly released from the system. Yes
2015-05-12 0 0 During upset conditions, a sulfur condenser tube was overheated and ruptured, releasing boiler feedwater. Yes
2015-05-08 0 0 Due to operational upsets, a pressure vessel was damaged due to overheating. No
2015-05-02 1 0 An operator was burned by process fluid while performing maintenance on a filter vessel. Yes
2015-04-13 0 0 A heat exchanger leaked due to a crack on a welded seam. Natural gas was released, but there was no fire. Yes
2015-04-09 0 0 Due to service induced deterioration, a heat exchanger tube failed at the tube-to-tubesheet connection, releasing process fluid. Yes
2015-03-20 0 0 During start-up a pressure vessel was overpressured due to improper valve operation. No
2015-03-18 0 0 During start-up of a power boiler, localized overheating resulted in the failure of several superheater tubes. Yes
2015-03-17 0 0 An air hose connection separated on the discharge side of a compressor. The escaping air pressure and residual debris struck two workers. Yes
2015-01-28 0 0 Due to an improper air/gas ratio, a furnace explosion occurred in a firetube boiler during start-up. No
2015-01-15 0 0 A pressure vessel and associated piping were overpressured as a result of process fluid freezing in a blocked-in line. No
2015-01-12 0 0 A safety relief valve failed at the inlet threads due to fatigue caused by vibration. Yes
2015-01-01 0 0 During operation of a fired treater, the firetube ruptured releasing process fluid. The fluid ignited causing a fire. Yes