Scaffolders detect leak - Safety Moment

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Alert ID: 
03891
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. 

Causes and consequences of incident or accident: 
Release of a harmful substance
Uncontrolled release of a flammable gas or liquid
Contributing factor: 
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