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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-88-008
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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: DEVELOP AND COORDINATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE PREPAREDNESS PLANS WITH LOCAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES THAT IDENTIFY THE CAPABILITIES TO THE GAS COMPANY TO ASSIST IN AN INCIDENT THAT INVOLVES NATURAL GAS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable 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: 1/12/2001
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Piedmont Natural Gas Company (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Piedmont Natural Gas Company
Date: 1/12/2001
Response: BECAUSE THE SAFETY BOARD HAS RECEIVED NO FURTHER INFORMATION FROM THE PIEDMONT NATURAL GAS COMPANY, P-88-8 AND -9 ARE NOW CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--UNACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: NTSB
To: Piedmont Natural Gas Company
Date: 6/29/2000
Response: TO DATE THE SAFETY BOARD HAS NOT RECEIVED ANY FURTHER REPLY FROM PIEDMONT REGARDING IMPLEMENTATION OF P-88-8 OR -9. THE SAFETY BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE LEARNING OF ANY ACTIONS TO COMPLY WITH P-88-8 AND -9 THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN OR ARE PLANNED BY THE PIEDMONT NATURAL GAS COMPANY. THE SAFETY BOARD LOOKS FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.

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

From: Piedmont Natural Gas Company
To: NTSB
Date: 4/3/1989
Response: PIEDMONT HAS DEDICATED A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF TIME, EFFORT AND FUNDS TO TRAIN FIRE DEPARTMENT AND OTHER EMERGENCY RESPONSE PERSONNEL ON HOW TO RESPOND TO EMERGENCIES IN WHICH NATURAL GAS IS INVOLVED. PIEDMONT BELIEVES THAT THIS TRAINING MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS OF 49 CFR 192.615; NEVERTHELESS, PIEDMONT WILL REVIEW ITS PROCEDURES AND, IF APPROPRIATE, DEVELOP A WRITTEN RECOMMENDED PLAN FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE BY OUTSIDE EMERGENCY RESPONSE PERSONNEL. OF COURSE, PIEDMONT CANNOT BE ASSURED THAT THE PLAN WILL BE ADHERED TO BY EMERGENCY PERSONNEL WHO ARE NOT EMPLOYED BY PIEDMONT.

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