Could something so small have caused such a big impact?

Kamalick, Joe; Gibson, Jane
July 2006
ICIS Chemical Business;7/31/2006, Vol. 1 Issue 30, p17
Trade Publication
The article focuses on a safety oversight at the Formosa Plastics Olefins II unit in Point Comfort, Texas, which may have caused fires and explosions in the facility on October 6, 2005. Investigators of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board have identified that the incident might have been prevented if the unit's access lanes for vehicles and areas that are off-limits to vehicle had been marked with a no parking sign.


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