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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-82-012
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Synopsis: ON NOVEMBER 30, 1981, AT FLATWOODS, WEST VIRGINIA, GAS, LEAKING INTO A TEST SECTION OF A 26-INCH-DIAMETER GAS TRANSMISSION PIPELINE OWNED AND OPERATED BY COLUMBIA GAS TRANSMISSION CORPORATION (COLUMBIA), IGNITED AS A WELDER ENGAGED IN INSTALLING AN END CAP PLACED A TACK WELD ON THE EAST END OF A 180-FOOT-LONG SECTION OF PIPE. THE RESULTANT EXPLOSION BLEW OFF THE EAST END CAP, WHICH STRUCK AND KILLED THE WELDER'S HELPER.
Recommendation: THE SAFETY BOARD IS CONCERNED THAT THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR SIMILAR ACCIDENTS DURING HYDROSTATIC TESTS, SINCE GAS TRANSMISSION PIPELINES ARE OFTEN UPDATED TO ACCOMMODATE INCREASING DEMANDS. THEREFORE, THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE RESEARCH AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS ADMINISTRATION OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: EMPHASIZE TO ITS REGIONAL FIELD OFFICE PERSONNEL AND STATE AGENTS THE IMPORTANCE OF REQUIRING ALL NATURAL GAS OPERATORS TO ESTABLISH HYDROSTATIC TEST PROCEDURES TO ASSURE COMPLIANCE WITH 49 CFR 192.751.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Flatwoods, WV, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA82FP001
Accident Reports:
Report #: None
Accident Date: 11/30/1981
Issue Date: 5/13/1982
Date Closed: 1/30/1984
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: RSPA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: RSPA
Date: 1/30/1984
Response:

From: RSPA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/26/1982
Response:

From: RSPA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/24/1982
Response: RSPA MEMO FROM ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR PAULLIN TO RSPA REGION CHIEFS: PLEASE REVIEW THE ATTACHED NTSB REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF SECTION 192.751 WITH YOUR STAFF AND WITH EACH STATE AGENCY IN YOUR REGION. ALL INSPECTORS ARE TO BE INSTRUCTED TO COMPLY WITH THE NTSB RECOMMENDATION BY REVIEWING OPERATORS' OPERATING AND MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES FOR INCLUSION OF A PROCEDURE FOR SAFE WELDING OR CUTTING ON ANY PIPE THAT HAS ANY POSSIBILITY OF CONTAINING GAS. IF SUCH A PROVISION IS NOT FOUND IN THE O&M PLAN, THE OPERATOR SHOULD BE ADVISED. THE ASME GUIDE FOR GAS TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION PIPING SYSTEMS CONTAINS GUIDE MATERIAL SUITABLE FOR MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS OF SECTION 192.751. THIS ITEM WILL BE DISCUSSED AT OUR REGIONAL CHIEFS' MEETING IN JUNE AND THE FALL FEDERAL/STATE MEETINGS.