Kletz, Trevor A.

What went wrong? case histories of process plant disasters and how they could have been avoided / [electronic resource] : Trevor Kletz. - Burlington, MA : Gulf Professional Pub., c2009. - 1 online resource (xxxii, 608 p.) : ill.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Part 1? What Went Wrong? Learning From the Experiences of Others -- 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.

"What Went Wrong?" has revolutionized the way industry views safety. The new edition continues and extends the wisdom, innovations and strategies of previous editions, by introducing new material on recent incidents, and adding an extensive new section that shows how many accidents occur through simple miscommunications within the organization, and how straightforward changes in design can often remove or reduce opportunities for human errors. Kletz' approach to learning as deeply as possible from previous experiences is made yet more valuable in this new edition, which for the first time brings together the approaches and cases of "What Went Wrong" with the managerially focused material previously published in "Still Going Wrong". Updated and supplemented with new cases and analysis, this fifth edition is the ultimate resource of experienced based anaylsis and guidance for the safety and loss prevention professionals. * A million dollar bestseller, this trusted book is updated with new material, including the Texas City and Buncefield incidents, and supplemented by material from Trevor Kletz's 'Still Going Wrong' * Now presents a complete analysis of the design, operational and for the first time, managerial causes of process plant accidents and disasters, plus their aftermaths * Case histories illustrate what went wrong, why it went wrong, and then guide readers in how to avoid similar tragedies: learn from the mistakes of others.

9780080949697 (electronic bk.) 008094969X (electronic bk.)

Chemical plants--Accidents.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING--Chemical & Biochemical.
SCIENCE--Chemistry--Industrial & Technical.

Electronic books.

TP155.5 / .K54 2009eb

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