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Causes of ExxonMobil Explosion Detailed in Coming Report

July 26, 2017, 7:23 PM

The cause of a November 2016 explosion at an ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge, La. will be revealed in a U.S. Chemical Safety Board report to be released in the next month, according to Vanessa Sutherland, the board’s chair.

It will recommend that companies continue to evaluate human interactions with machine design, ensure written procedures are accurate and detailed, and provide adequate training.

A CSB animation depicting the Nov. 22, 2016, explosion shows that a vapor cloud formed during workers’ maintenance activities on an isobutane pump. The cloud ignited, resulting in an explosion that severely injured four people ...