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What Went Wrong?: Case Histories of Process Plant Disasters and How They Could Have Been Avoided

What Went Wrong?: Case Histories of Process Plant Disasters and How They Could Have Been Avoided

by Paul Amyotte, Trevor Kletz

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780128105399
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 06/15/2019
Pages: 700
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Since 2011 Dr. Paul Amyotte, P.Eng. has held the C.D. Howe Chair in Process Safety at Dalhousie University, where he is also a Professor of Chemical Engineering. Dr. Amyotte’s research and practice interests are in industrial safety and loss management, particularly in the areas of process safety and inherently safer design (ISD). He is an expert in the prevention and mitigation of dust explosions. He has written a book with us entitled An Introduction to Dust Explosions, and wrote the second edition of Process Plants: A Handbook for Inherently Safer Design in conjunction with Trevor Kletz.

He has published or presented approximately 300 research papers, and is the editor of the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries. He is also a Past-President of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, Engineers Nova Scotia, and Engineers Canada. Dr. Amyotte leads a comprehensive research team of undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows working to advance process safety practice worldwide.

Trevor Kletz, OBE, D.Sc., F.Eng. (1922-2013), was a process safety consultant, and published more than a hundred papers and nine books on loss prevention and process safety, including most recently Lessons From Disaster: How Organizations Have No Memory and Accidents Recur and Computer Control and Human Error. He worked thirty-eight years with Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd., where he served as a production manager and safety adviser in the petrochemical division, also holding membership in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University, Leicestershire, England. He most recently served as senior visiting research fellow at Loughborough University, and adjunct professor at the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, Texas A&M University.

Table of Contents

Preparation for maintenance Modifications Accidents caused by human error Labeling Storage tanks Stacks Leaks Liquefied flammable gases Pipe and vessel failures Other equipment Entry to vessels Hazards of common materials Tank trucks and cars Testing of trips and other protective systems Static electricity Materials of construction Operating methods Reverse flow and other unforeseen deviations I didn't know that Problems with computer control Inherently safer design Reactions-planned and unplanned Part 2 How Could Disasters Have Been Avoided? Maintenance Entry into confined spaces Changes to processes and plants Changes in organization Changing procedures instead of designs Materials of construction (including insulation) and corrosion Operating methods Explosions Poor communication Control Leaks Reactions - planned and unplanned Both design and operations could have been better Accidents in other industries Accident investigation - Missed opportunities