Chapter 13 Case Histories

Case histories are written descriptions of accidents, including the causes, consequences, and methods required to prevent similar events. They are descriptions written by plant managers and operating personnel. These are the people with the hands-on experience; the ones who know and appreciate the accident and accident prevention methods.

The study of case histories is important in the area of safety. To paraphrase G. Santayana, one learns from history or is doomed to repeat it. This is especially true for safety; anyone working in the chemical industry can learn from case histories and avoid hazardous situations or ignore history and be involved in potentially life-threatening accidents.

In this chapter we cover case ...

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