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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-77-042
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Synopsis: ON JANUARY 25, 1977, A LOW-ORDER EXPLOSION AND FIRE DESTROYED A HOUSE IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA NEAR WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA; THE OCCUPANT WAS NOT SERIOUSLY INJURED BY THE EXPLOSION.
Recommendation: INSTRUCT ALL OFFICE OF PIPELINE SAFETY OPERATIONS REGIONAL COMPLIANCE OFFICES AND STATE AGENTS TO INSPECT GAS COMPANIES UNDER THEIR JURISDICTIONS FOR COMPLIANCE TO THE AMENDED 49 CFR 192.615 (EMERGENCY PLANS) EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 1976. PARTICULAR ATTENTION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE PROVISION THAT REQUIRES THAT THE GAS COMPANY TRAIN ITS APPROPRIATE OPERATING PERSONNEL TO ASSURE THAT THEY ARE KNOWLEDGEABLE OF THE EMERGENCY PROCEDURES AND HOW THE COMPANY TESTS ITS EMPLOYEES TO VERIFY THAT THE TRAINING IS EFFECTIVE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Williamsport, PA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA77MP011
Accident Reports:
Pennsylvania Gas and Water Company, Natural Gas Explosions
Report #: PAR-77-04
Accident Date: 1/25/1977
Issue Date: 12/9/1977
Date Closed: 4/17/1979
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: RSPA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Oversight, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: RSPA
Date: 4/17/1979
Response:

From: RSPA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/24/1978
Response: MTB LTR: AS STATED IN RESPONSE TO P-73-38, REGIONAL COMPLIANCE OFFICERS AND STATE AGENTS HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO REVIEW ALL PROVISIONS OF 49 CFR 192.615. INCREASED ATTENTION IS BEING GIVEN TO THE REQUIREMENT THAT GAS COMPANIES TRAIN AND TEST OPERATING PERSONNEL. THIS ISSUE WILL BE REEMPHASIZED AT THE NEXT REGIONAL CHIEFS MEETING.