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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-74-004
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Synopsis: IN COOPERSBURG, PA., ON FEBRUARY 21, 1973, A GAS PIPELINE WAS RUPTURED BY DYNAMITE AND GAS AT 50 PSIG ENTERED AN APARTMENT HOUSE AND EXPLODED. FIVE PERSONS WERE KILLED, 16 PERSONS WERE INJURED, AND 2 BUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY OF THE BOROUGH OF COOPERSBURG, THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES, AND THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS; CONDUCT COMPREHENSIVE AND DETAILED PRECONSTRUCTION MEETINGS FOR ALL PROJECTS TO EXPLAIN THE FULL SCOPE, TIMING, AND CRITICAL OR HAZARDOUS ELEMENTS INVOLVED. AT THESE MEETINGS, THE CONTRACTOR AND THE AFFECTED UTILITY COMPANIES SHOULD BE INSTRUCTED TO WORK CLOSELY WITH EACH OTHER AND WITH ANY GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES ON THE JOBSITE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Coopersburg, PA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 80229
Accident Reports:
UGI Corporation
Report #: PAR-74-01
Accident Date: 2/21/1973
Issue Date: 2/7/1974
Date Closed: 4/1/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Borough of Coopersburg, Municipal Authority (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Borough of Coopersburg, Municipal Authority
Date: 4/1/1983
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Borough of Coopersburg, Municipal Authority
Date: 10/8/1982
Response: