EPA/OSHA Joint Chemical Accident Investigation Report, Shell Chemical Company, Deer Park, Texas [open pdf - 2MB]
This report from the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration discusses the explosion and fire at the Shell Chemical Company Complex in Deer Park, Texas, that occurred on June 22, 1997, response to the accident, the investigation, analyses, and identifies the root causes and the contributing factors of the accident. "An explosion and fire took place at the Shell Chemical Company Complex in Deer Park, Texas, on June 22, 1997, resulting in injuries, public sheltering, closure of transportation routes, and property damage both on and off site. EPA and OSHA undertook an investigation of this accident because of its severity, its effects on workers and the public, the desire to identify those root causes and contributing factors of the event that may have broad applicability to industry, and the potential to develop recommendations and lessons learned to prevent future accidents of this type. This investigation was conducted in conjunction with an investigation by OSHA to determine if violations of occupational safety and health laws had occurred. […] The JCAIT developed recommendations addressing the root and contributing causes to prevent a recurrence or similar event at this and other facilities."
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