SI 2017/506.3rd April 2017
EU 2017/605.4th April 2017
An oil company has been fined £1,650,000 with costs of £57,644 following an explosion at a refinery in Cheshire. The HSE investigation of the incident, which occurred in November 2013, found that:
- A safety critical valve was ordered and installed incorrectly and the company failed to correctly validate its operation
- The company failed to adequately assess the installation of a new safety critical trip as they failed to recognise the system had a by-pass line which defeated the trip’s operation.
- The company’s policy was to isolate main fuel lines to the furnace however, the hydrocarbons entered the furnace via a secondary fuel line which had not been isolated when shut down.