CSB Releases Animation of BP America Refinery Explosion

March 24, 2020

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CSB Releases Animation of BP America Refinery Explosion
A screenshot from the new CSB animation. Image courtesy of US Chemical Safety and Hazard Identification Board

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Identification Board (CSB) released an updated animation to mark the 15th anniversary of a massive explosion at the BP America Refinery in Texas City, TX, the agency announced Monday. The video details how a hydrocarbon release led to the blast that killed 15 people and left 170 others with injuries.

“The lessons learned from the BP Texas City event reverberate fifteen years later. The CSB’s newest animation updates and refreshes the CSB’s most viewed accident animation,” said CSB Interim Executive Dr. Kristen Kulinowski said in a statement. “We hope that this new version allows more viewers to learn from the findings and recommendations issued by the board that remain relevant years later.”

The explosion and fire was the most significant accident at a refinery that has been investigated by the CSB. A final report on the incident in Texas City revealed organizational and safety deficiencies across all levels of the BP Corporation, according to the agency. 

“As a result of our investigation, there is a new standard of care for corporate boards of directors and CEO’s throughout the world, which calls for the same level of scrutiny for process safety management as financial management,” the agency said in a release. “Boards of directors of oil and chemical companies should examine every detail of their process safety programs to prevent future death and destruction.”

To view more information about the BP America Refinery explosion, click here.

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