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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-82-043
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Synopsis: ON SEPTEMBER 7, 1982, NATURAL GAS, BLOWING AT 15 PSIG FROM THE OPEN ENDS OF A 2 1/4-INCH CAST-IRON GAS MAIN LOCATED IN A DEEP, NARROW EXCAVATION AT THE INTERSECTION OF COOPER AND MARSHAL STREETS IN DUBLIN, GEORGIA, WAS IGNITED BY AN UNKNOWN SOURCE. THREE CITY OF DUBLIN GAS DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES WHO WERE WORKING IN THE EXCAVATION WERE CRITICALLY BURNED. THE ACTING SUPERINTENDENT OF THE GAS DEPARTMENT, WHO WAS STANDING AT THE EDGE OF THE EXCAVATION, HELPED THE INJURED OUT OF THE DITCH AND WAS SERIOUSLY BURNED IN THE PROCESS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE AMERICAN GAS ASSOCIATION: ADVISE MEMBER COMPANIES OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS ACCIDENT AND URGE THAT THEY REVIEW THEIR OPERATING AND MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES AND, IF NECESSARY, INITIATE CHANGES TO DISCONTINUE ANY PRACTICES INVOLVING CUTTING GAS MAINS WHILE UNDER PRESSURE EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY WHEN REQUIRED FOR PUBLIC SAFETY. (URGENT)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Dublin, GA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA82FP021
Accident Reports:
Report #: None
Accident Date: 9/7/1982
Issue Date: 12/10/1982
Date Closed: 8/23/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Gas Association (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Gas Association
Date: 8/23/1983
Response:

From: American Gas Association
To: NTSB
Date: 7/18/1983
Response: LETTER TO AMERICAN GAS ASSOCIATION MEMBER COMPANY DELEGATES: THE AGA AGREES WITH THE INTENT OF THE NTSB RECOMMENDATION BUT WOULD PROPOSE ALTERNATE WORDING TO RECOMMENDATION P-82-43: ADVISE MEMBER COMPANIES OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS ACCIDENT AND URGE THAT THEY REVIEW THEIR OPERATING AND MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES AND, IF NECESSARY, INITIATE CHANGES TO DISCONTINUE ANY PRACTICES INVOLVING CUTTING GAS MAINS WHILE UNDER PRESSURE EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY WHEN REQUIRED FOR PUBLIC SAFETY OR WHEN A SLIGHT POSITIVE PRESSURE TO PREVENT THE ENTRY OF AIR INTO THE AIR MAIN.