HSE accident reports
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 Flixborough Disaster - Report of the Court of Inquiry. (1st June 1974)
(PDF, 16.6MB - 93 pages)
The Explosion at Laporte Industries, Ilford. (5th April 1975)
(PDF, 4.0MB - 25 pages)
The Explosion at Appleby-Frodingham Steelworks Scunthorpe. (4th November 1975)
(PDF, 6.5MB - 60 pages)
The Explosion at Dow, Kings Lynn. (27th June 1976)
(PDF, 3.9MB - 19 pages)
The Fire and Explosion at Braehead Container Depot, Renfrew. (4th January 1977)
(PDF, 5.6MB - 25 pages)
The Fire and Explosion at River Road, Barking, Essex. (21st January 1980)
(PDF, 2.3MB - 12 pages)
The Fire and Explosions at Permaflex, Trubshaw Cross, Stoke. (11th February 1980)
(PDF, 2.7MB - 10 pages)
The Explosion and Fire at Chemstar Limited. (6th September 1981)
(PDF, 4.6MB - 24 pages)
The Abbeystead Explosion. (23rd May 1984)
(PDF, 5.0MB - 28 pages)
The Brightside Lane Warehouse Fire. (14th December 1984)
(PDF, 8.8MB - 48 pages)
The Putney Explosion. (10th January 1985)
(PDF, 5.4MB - 35 pages)
The Fires and Explosion at BP Oil (Grangemouth) Refinery Ltd. (13th March, 22nd March and 11th June 1987)
(PDF, 8MB - 47 pages)
The Peterborough Explosion. (22nd March 1989)
(PDF, 6.5MB - 33 pages)
Release of Chemicals from International Biosynthetics Ltd. (7th December 1991)
(PDF, 3.0MB - 21 pages)
The Fire at Allied Colloids Ltd. (21st July 1992)
(PDF, 8.1MB - 54 pages)
The Fire at Hickson & Welch Ltd. (21st September 1992)
(PDF, 7.0MB - 44 pages)
The Chemical Release and Fire at the Associated Octel Company Limited. (1st and 2nd February 1994)
(PDF, 7.4MB - 55 pages)
The Explosion and Fires at the Texaco Refinery, Milford Haven. (24th July 1994)
(PDF, 10.2MB - 73 pages)
More Accident Reports from HSE
Major incident investigation report - BP Grangemouth Scotland (29th May to 10th June 2000)
(PDF, 1.4MB - 171 pages)
Public report of the fire and explosion at the ConocoPhillips Humber refinery (16th April 2001)
(PDF, 923kB - 70 pages)
The explosion of No. 5 Blast Furnace, Corus UK Ltd, Port Talbot (8th November 2001)
(PDF, 1.5MB - 60 pages)
The Buncefield Reports
The main Buncefield reports are available from the
Major Incident Investigation Board website.
A further report is available from the HSE website
Buncefield: Why did it happen?
(PDF, 7.3MB - 36 pages)