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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-88-004
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Synopsis: ON JANUARY 18, 1988, A NATURAL GAS EXPLOSION DESTROYED THE BUILDING HOUSING THE K&W CAFETERIA AND THE LOBBY OF THE SHERATON MOTOR INN AT 380 KNOLLWOOD STREET, WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA. TWO ADJOINING MOTEL WINGS SUFFERED STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. OF THE FOUR PERSONS IN THE LOBBY/ CAFETERIA BUILDING AT THE TIME OF THE EXPLOSION, THREE SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES. THE FOURTH PERSON SUSTAINED A FRACTURED ANKLE. ONE MOTEL GUEST ALSO SUSTAINED MINOR CUTS BUT REFUSED TREATMENT.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE PIEDMONT NATURAL GAS COMPANY: RELOCATE GAS METERS INSTALLED IN PITS THAT ARE ADJACENT TO BUILDING OPENINGS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Winston-Salem, NC, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA88MP008
Accident Reports:
Piedmont Natural Gas Company Natural Gas Explosion and Fire
Report #: PAR-88-01
Accident Date: 1/18/1988
Issue Date: 11/21/1988
Date Closed: 11/21/1990
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Piedmont Natural Gas Company (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Piedmont Natural Gas Company
Date: 11/21/1990
Response:

From: Piedmont Natural Gas Company
To: NTSB
Date: 5/31/1990
Response: PIEDMONT HAS EITHER RELOCATED THE METER SETS OR SEALED BUILDING OPENINGS FOR THOSE METER SETS KNOWN TO BE LOCATED IN PITS ADJACENT TO BUILDING OPENINGS.

From: NTSB
To: Piedmont Natural Gas Company
Date: 7/27/1989
Response:

From: Piedmont Natural Gas Company
To: NTSB
Date: 4/3/1989
Response: ALL METER SETS LOCATED IN PITS ADJACENT TO BUILDING OPENINGS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AND PLANS HAVE BEEN MADE TO RELOCATE THE METER SETS OR TO SEAL THE BUILDING OPENINGS.

From: NTSB
To: Piedmont Natural Gas Company
Date: 3/21/1989
Response: