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What Went Wrong?

Case Studies of Process Plant Disasters

Expert Trevor Kletz examines the causes and aftermaths of numerous plant disasters--almost every one of which could have been prevented. Case histories illustrate what went wrong, why it went wrong, and then guide you in how to circumvent similar tragedies.Learn from the mistakes of others. This invaluable and respected book examines the causes and aftermaths of numerous plant disasters - almost every one of which could have been prevented. Case histories illustrate what went wrong and why it went wrong, and then guide you in how to circumvent similar tragedies.

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Published: June 1998

Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-88415-920-9

Reviews

  • The examples were very clear and graphic, with good sketches or pictures. Without a doubt, I strongly recommend this book as required reading for every engineer and supervisor in the process industry and suggested reading for others. - AFE Facilities Engineering Journal The incidents described could occur in many types of plants, and should therefore be of interest to a wide variety of plant operators. The new fourth edition contains considerable new material, with extensive references. - Mechanical Engineering This book is recommended for generalists with an interest in industrial safety and safety/process who wish to gain some insight into the realities of plant operations. - IChemE-Institute Of Chemical Engineers This book should be read by every health and safety advisor and all managers and engineers who work in the chemical and petrochemical industries. It should also be used by those who provide training courses in these industries. - The Safety & Health Practitioner, July 2002

Contents

  • Acknowledgments. Preface. Units and nomenclature. 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. A final word. Recommended reading. Index.

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