Safety and accident analysis: Longford - Understanding Society

Safety and accident analysis: Longford


The Longford refining plant suffered an explosion and fire in 1998 that killed two workers, badly injured others, and interrupted the supply of natural gas to the state of Victoria for two weeks.

A good post, here is a key point about the 1998 explosion:

A factor that Hopkins judges to be crucial to the occurrence of the Longford Esso disaster is the decision made by management to remove engineering staff from the plant to a central location where they could serve a larger number of facilities “more efficiently”.

This disconnect between operations and engineering, it was seen at Tote and at Boeing. It’s also present on many ships as well. Many deep-sea deck offices lack a sufficient understanding or appreciation of marine engineering.

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Also BP Houston at the time of Macondo.