• Published: 4 Jan 2016
  • Incident ID: 3891

Scaffolders detect leak - Safety Moment

Cause & Consequence

  • Release of a harmful substance
  • Uncontrolled release of a flammable gas or liquid

Contributing Factor

  • Commitment
  • Culture

Description of Process

A team of scaffolders were working in a process plant and heard and smelled something they thought was a gas leak. Gas detectors had not detected anything.

Description of Incident

The leak was confirmed and the plant was safely shutdown. The leak came from a failed O-ring seal.

Good Practice Guidance

The scaffolders detected the leak before it could get worse and told the control room. Everyone who works around plant can spot early signs of problems.

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