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Explosion in a Road Tanker

on 14-10-2003, at 9.05 p.m., in Nitro Phosphate Complex, Ammonia Nitro Phosphate and Calcium Ammonium Nitrate Plant, at tanker filling place, an explosion took place. 31 workers were injured during the incident. Out of them 4 workers were sent in Hospital, for further treatment and 7 workers received treatment in the Company's Hospital. 20 workers were discharged from Company's Hospital after first aid treatment.

Incident :
Company is manufacturing fertilizers like Ammonium Nitro Phosphate and Calcium Ammonium Nitrate by using raw materials like Rock, Phosphate, Nitric Acid and Ammonia. Ammonium nitrate is used as intermediate and is also directly sold on 14-10-2003, at 9.05 p.m., in Nitro Phosphate Complex, Ammonia Nitro Phosphate and Calcium Ammonium Nitrate Plant, at tanker filling place, an explosion took place. And due to that material handing system and structure of plant was badly damaged.

Surroundings of this plant like the Concentrated Nitric Acid Plant-1 and II's Glasslined Vessel and structure, Rock Phosphate Sylo, Nitor Plant's ETP Plant –Building, Acitic Acid Plant's Compressor House and its sheets, Nitric Acid filling plant and its cement sheets, Cooling Tower, False Ceiling of Nitro Laboratory, False ceiling of Control Room of Nitro Phosphate plant and its glass & windows were badly damaged.

The tanker which has come from outside to fill up Ammonium Nitrate also found totally damaged. Truck Axel was found 200 mtrs. Away near Nitro ETP plant. Cause of accident is improper cleaning of tanker before filling ammonium nitrate.

Action taken for non-repetition of such incidents:

(1) Before filling tanker, washing & cleaning should be carried out only by      company. And dedicated Tanker Procedure to be adopted as far as      possible.

(2) Tanker filling activity should be carried out far away from plant.

(3) Blast Wall arrangement is to be made or tanker filling place.

(4) During the filling of tanker, internal temperature and pressure observation
     arrangement to be placed.



 

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