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Catastrophic failure of a pipework clamp connector

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.

Cracking caused by poor heat treatment during manufacturing process
Cracking caused by poor heat treatment during manufacturing process

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Safety Event

Published: 15 December 2015
Download: IMCA SF 22/15

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