• Published: 28 Mar 2014
  • Incident ID: 3519

Sight Glass Gas Leak

Cause & Consequence

  • Uncontrolled release of a flammable gas or liquid
Incident Consequence
Hydrocarbon release

Incident Location

Fixed Installation

Incident Activity

Production operations

Specific Incident Equipment

Sight Glass

Lessons Identified

Coating breakdown went unnoticed because it was covered by insulation and concerns did not surface during routine inspection.

Insulation was not removed because it was not reported to be in bad condition and it is not routinely removed for examination.

Incident Recommendations

Remove bridle from service

Review the current inspection strategy for this and similar pipework within the standard inspection model.

Raise awareness of CUI and the consequences of damaged paintwork in the corrosion awareness programme

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