Investigation Report: Catastrophic Vessel Overpressurization, Pitkin, Louisiana, March 4, 1998 [open pdf - 505KB]
"This report examines the catastrophic vessel failure and fire that occurred on March 4, 1998, near Pitkin, Louisiana, at an oil and gas production facility owned by Sonat Exploration Company. Four workers were killed in the incident. The root causes of the incident are identified, and recommendations are made concerning engineering and design management systems and the development of good-practice guidelines." Key issues discussed include: design & hazard reviews, pressure-relief devices, and operating procedures.
Report No. 1998-002-I-LA
U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board: http://www.csb.gov/