Alerts iconCorrosion cracking of strain-hardened type 304 stainless steel bolts

What happened? The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) has published Safety Alert #297 relating to the unexpected failure of certain kinds of strain-hardened Type 304 stainless steel bolts, (ASTM A193 B8, Class 2).  The failure occurred at an offshore facility during a pneumatic leak test of gas piping exiting a test separator. … Continue reading “Corrosion cracking of strain-hardened type 304 stainless steel bolts”

Alerts iconIncorrectly selected oxygen welding gas hose bursts & catches fire

What happened? The ship’s welder opened the Oxygen and Acetylene gas bottle valves in order to do a cutting job on deck.  These gas bottles were attached to the vessel’s integrated welding gas system.  Opening the valve on the Oxygen bottle had the immediate effect of causing an explosion to a short, high pressure hose … Continue reading “Incorrectly selected oxygen welding gas hose bursts & catches fire”

Alerts iconLoad fell from trailer after it was inadequately secured

Two articulated lorries with 20’ trailers were organised to move equipment, including lifeboat davits, a power-pack, winches and sheave blocks, from one location to another.  The first trailer was loaded inside a shed, then driven outside to complete lashings and allow simultaneous loading of the second trailer.  During the movement of the first trailer, the … Continue reading “Load fell from trailer after it was inadequately secured”

Alerts iconBSEE: potentially catastrophic crane and lifting incidents

What happened? The United States’ Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has published Safety Alert no. 329 relating to four recent safety incidents involving cranes and lifting devices: While picking up a ‘slick joint’ to connect to a blowout preventer (BOP) stack, the joint, weighing over 19 tonnes, became dislodged and fell across the … Continue reading “BSEE: potentially catastrophic crane and lifting incidents”