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Overview of Process Safety Incidents

A Process Safety Incident typically involves an unexpected mechanical integrity failure in a pipeline system or processing facility, often including a fire, explosion, rupture, or hazardous chemical leak. These incidents can be caused by a number factors including damage mechanisms, human errors, environmental conditions, and just plain bad luck. Process safety incidents can pose significant risks to workers, the environment, and nearby equipment.

It is unlikely that the O&G and chemical processing industries will ever be able to eliminate process safety incidents completely, due to the inherent dangers present when working with hazardous materials at high temperatures and pressures. However, by following good inspection, maintenance, and engineering practices, the frequency of incidents can be minimized.

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