Safety & Loss Prevention Special Interest Group
Safety at the heart of the process

HSE accident reports

Introduction

In "A Roadmap for 21st Century Chemical Engineering" published in May 2007 IChemE states (in 3.2.3 Open Dialogue - Learning from Past Successes and Failures) that:

Repetition of past mistakes that threaten the health and safety of communities and of the environment in which they live is unacceptable. While there is universal agreement on the importance of learning from past experience around the world, very few organisations have a structured system for gathering such information and even fewer seek to disseminate it across industry. IChemE is dedicated to learning lessons from the past, reporting the lessons and the analysis, and disseminating information on incidents in a useful, relevant way that can be accessed by all members of the profession and others who wish to know.

It goes on to state that:

IChemE will work to influence industry groups and regulators to take a more proactive approach to passing on lessons learnt. We will strive to break down the barriers that blame and litigation create to prevent lessons from accidents being rapidly disseminated to those who would benefit through the adoption of 'just cultures' that focus on learning, not on establishing blame.

By arrangement with HSE a selection of old or out-of-print accident reports are available through the links below.

The Reports

PDF Icon Small The Flixborough Disaster - Report of the Court of Inquiry. (1st June 1974)
(PDF, 16.6MB - 93 pages)

PDF Icon Small The Explosion at Laporte Industries, Ilford. (5th April 1975)
(PDF, 4.0MB - 25 pages)

PDF Icon Small The Explosion at Appleby-Frodingham Steelworks Scunthorpe. (4th November 1975)
(PDF, 6.5MB - 60 pages)

PDF Icon Small The Explosion at Dow, Kings Lynn. (27th June 1976)
(PDF, 3.9MB - 19 pages)

PDF Icon Small The Fire and Explosion at Braehead Container Depot, Renfrew. (4th January 1977)
(PDF, 5.6MB - 25 pages)

PDF Icon Small The Fire and Explosion at River Road, Barking, Essex. (21st January 1980)
(PDF, 2.3MB - 12 pages)

PDF Icon Small The Fire and Explosions at Permaflex, Trubshaw Cross, Stoke. (11th February 1980)
(PDF, 2.7MB - 10 pages)

PDF Icon Small The Explosion and Fire at Chemstar Limited. (6th September 1981)
(PDF, 4.6MB - 24 pages)

PDF Icon Small The Abbeystead Explosion. (23rd May 1984)
(PDF, 5.0MB - 28 pages)

PDF Icon Small The Brightside Lane Warehouse Fire. (14th December 1984)
(PDF, 8.8MB - 48 pages)

PDF Icon Small The Putney Explosion. (10th January 1985)
(PDF, 5.4MB - 35 pages)

PDF Icon Small The Fires and Explosion at BP Oil (Grangemouth) Refinery Ltd. (13th March, 22nd March and 11th June 1987)
(PDF, 8MB - 47 pages)

PDF Icon Small The Peterborough Explosion. (22nd March 1989)
(PDF, 6.5MB - 33 pages)

PDF Icon Small Release of Chemicals from International Biosynthetics Ltd. (7th December 1991)
(PDF, 3.0MB - 21 pages)

PDF Icon Small The Fire at Allied Colloids Ltd. (21st July 1992)
(PDF, 8.1MB - 54 pages)

PDF Icon Small The Fire at Hickson & Welch Ltd. (21st September 1992)
(PDF, 7.0MB - 44 pages)

PDF Icon Small The Chemical Release and Fire at the Associated Octel Company Limited. (1st and 2nd February 1994)
(PDF, 7.4MB - 55 pages)

PDF Icon Small The Explosion and Fires at the Texaco Refinery, Milford Haven. (24th July 1994)
(PDF, 10.2MB - 73 pages)

More Accident Reports from HSE

PDF Icon Small Major incident investigation report - BP Grangemouth Scotland (29th May to 10th June 2000)
(PDF, 1.4MB - 171 pages)External Link

PDF Icon Small Public report of the fire and explosion at the ConocoPhillips Humber refinery (16th April 2001)
(PDF, 923kB - 70 pages) External Link

PDF Icon Small The explosion of No. 5 Blast Furnace, Corus UK Ltd, Port Talbot (8th November 2001)
(PDF, 1.5MB - 60 pages) External Link

The Buncefield Reports

The main Buncefield reports were originally available on the Major Incident Investigation Board website. That web site has been removed from the Internet but can still be found by searching the WayBackMachine at the Internet Archive. The most important reports are available from the links below.

Published 11 December 2008
PDF Icon Small The final report of the Major Incident Investigation Board - Volume 1
(PDF, 6.4MB - 116 pages)
PDF Icon Small The final report of the Major Incident Investigation Board - Volume 2a
(PDF, 4.3MB - 208 pages)
PDF Icon Small The final report of the Major Incident Investigation Board - Volume 2b
(PDF, 3MB - 203 pages)

Published 15 July 2008
PDF Icon Small Recommendations on land use planning and the control of societal risk around major hazard sites
(PDF, 1.5MB - 104 pages)

Submitted May 2008
PDF Icon Small Illustrative model of a risk based land use planning system around petroleum storage sites
(PDF, 4.2MB - 74 pages)

Published 16 August 2007
PDF Icon Small Buncefield explosion mechanism - Advisory Group Report
(PDF, 1.9MB - 42 pages)

Published 24 July 2007
PDF Icon Small Safety and environmental standards for fuel storage sites - Buncefield Standards Task Group (BSTG) Final report
(PDF, 474KB - 118 pages)

Published 17 July 2007
PDF Icon Small Recommendations on the emergency preparedness for, response to and recovery from major incidents
(PDF, 686KB - 60 pages)

Published 29 March 2007
PDF Icon Small Recommendations on the design and operation of fuel storage sites
(PDF, 887KB - 52 pages)

Published 13 July 2006
PDF Icon Small Initial Report
(PDF, 1.1MB - 67 pages)

Published 9 May 2006
PDF Icon Small The Buncefield Investigation - Third progress report
(PDF, 1MB - 28 pages)
PDF Icon Small The Buncefield Investigation - Second progress report
(PDF, 1MB - 26 pages)

Published 21 February 2006
PDF Icon Small The Buncefield Investigation - Progress report
(PDF, 560KB - 30 pages)

A further report is available from the HSE website
PDF Icon Small Buncefield: Why did it happen?
(PDF, 7.3MB - 36 pages) External Link

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