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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-80-080
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Synopsis: ON JANUARY 30, 1980, AN 8-INCH-DIAMETER, REFINED PETROLEUM PRODUCTS PIPELINE OWNED BY THE PIPELINES OF PUERTO RICO, INC., AND OPERATED BY THE SHELL OIL COMPANY (PUERTO RICO) LTD. WAS STRUCK AND RUPTURED BY A BULLDOZER DURING MAINTENANCE WORK ON A NEARBY WATERLINE IN THE SECTOR CANA OF BAYAMON, PUERTO RICO, ABOUT 10 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SAN JUAN. GASOLINE FROM THE RUPTURE SPRAYED DOWNHILL AND RAN OFF INTO A SMALL CREEK. ABOUT 1 1/2 HOURS LATER, THE GASOLINE VAPORS WERE IGNITED BY AN UNDETERMINED SOURCE AND EXPLODED; THE SUBSEQUENT FIRE KILLED ONE PERSON AND EXTENSIVELY DAMAGED 25 HOUSES AND OTHER PROPERTY.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE PIPELINES OF PUERTO RICO, INC.: INSTRUCT ITS PIPELINE INSPECTORS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF REMAINING AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE AND CLOSELY MONITORING THE CONTRACTOR'S WORK AS IT APPROACHES THE PIPELINE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Bayamon, PR, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA80MP008
Accident Reports:
The Pipelines of Puerto Rico, Inc., Petroleum Products Pipeline Rupture and Fire
Report #: PAR-80-06
Accident Date: 1/30/1980
Issue Date: 2/26/1981
Date Closed: 9/7/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Pipelines of Puerto Rico, Inc. (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Pipelines of Puerto Rico, Inc.
Date: 9/7/1983
Response:

From: Pipelines of Puerto Rico, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 7/28/1983
Response: THE PIPELINES OF PUERTO RICO, INC. LETTER: INSTRUCTIONS WERE GIVEN IN A MEETING WHERE THEY WERE THROUGHLY DISCUSSED WITH THE PIPELINES INSPECTORS. RECENTLY, SUCH INSTRUCTIONS WERE ALSO GIVEN IN WRITING TO ALL OUR EMPLOYEES (INSPECTORS) AND WERE INCLUDED IN THE UPDATING OF THE CONTINGENCY PLAN, PAGE 2.1, SECTION A (3).

From: NTSB
To: Pipelines of Puerto Rico, Inc.
Date: 5/19/1983
Response:

From: Pipelines of Puerto Rico, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 11/18/1982
Response: THE PIPELINES OF PUERTO RICO, INC., LETTER: RECOMMENDATION NOT IMPLEMENTED.

From: NTSB
To: Pipelines of Puerto Rico, Inc.
Date: 10/8/1982
Response: