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Safety Recommendation P-74-008
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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 UGI CORPORATION: INITIATE SPECIFIC PREPLANNED EMERGENCY PROCEDURES FOR USE WHEN CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ARE IN PROXIMITY TO GAS FACILITIES. SUCH PROCEDURES SHOULD INCLUDE THE USE OF PRESELECTED AND PRELOCATED VALVES WHICH CAN BE CLOSED IMMEDIATELY IN THE EVENT OF A GAS LEAD.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable 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: 9/10/1976
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: UGI Corporation (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: UGI Corporation
To: NTSB
Date: 12/31/1974
Response: LETTER FROM UGI CORPORATION: THESE HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN A COMPREHENSIVE 'SUBSTRUCTURE DAMAGE PREVENTION MANUAL' WHICH HAS BEEN ADOPTED BY UGI. THIS MANUAL IS A FORMALIZATION OF THE HISTORIC METHODS WE HAVE USED IN AN ATTEMPT TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO OUR FACILITIES. SPECIFICALLY, SECTION 2.1 REFERS TO P-74-8 AND SECTION 4.1 THROUGH 4.4 REFERS TO P-74-9. CORRESPONDENCE DOCUMENTATION INCOMPLETE.