Keep Out Of Line Fire When Under Pressure

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Jan 262010
 
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Pressure relief valve swivelled and killed under test

Lessons from an incident resulting in a fatality during a pressure test on an offshore drilling rig, reported to the International Marine Contractors Association, IMCA, is also relevant to many vessel operations.

An assembly involving a pressure relief valve rotated when high pressure was applied during a test. It struck a crew member on the head and fatally injured him.

Among the lessons:

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