The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a safety alert regarding an incident in which there was a catastrophic failure of a pipework clamp connector. The incident occurred on an offshore production platform where a 1″ diameter Vector ‘Techlok’ pipework clamp connector catastrophically failed causing a gas release. The failure was caused by poor heat treatment during the manufacturing process, which led to failure by cracking.
The full report can be viewed at hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/catastrophic-failure-of-a-techlok-clamp.htm?ebul=hsegen&cr=5/21-sep-15
Members may wish to review the following similar incident (search word: connector)
- Failure of connector on marine riser – cause identified as stress corrosion cracking caused by hydrogen embrittlement
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