Project Description

Severity:
Two Injured Employees
Estimated Asset Damage:
Production Time & Injury Compensation

Event Description:

While performing maintenance on a dehydrogenation reactor a blind flange was removed and caused a hydrogen leak. The combination of outside air and hydrogen from the remote control valve became combustible gas, which ignited via static electric spark. The flame eventually died out, but while attempting to put out the fire two employees’ clothing caught fire which resulted in minor burns. [4]

Preventability with DetecTape H2:

In this case the hydrogen leak was noticed, and there were attempts to fix it, but applying DetecTape could have given an earlier warning of the failed hydrogen seal.