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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-96-028
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Synopsis: ABOUT 8:30 A.M. ON 11/21/96, AN EXPLOSION OCCURRED IN THE HUMBERTO VIDAL SHOE STORE & OFFICE BUILDING AT 100 JOSE DE DIEGO CALLE IN RIO PIEDRAS, PUERTO RICO. LOCAL EMERGENCY AGENCIES RESPONDED & INITIATED SEARACH & RESCUE OPERATIONS, BY 12/5/96 30 FATALITIES HAD BEEN CONFIRMED, & 5 PEOPLE, BELIEVED TO STILL BE IN THE BUILDING RUINS, WERE MISSING. LOCAL AUTHORITIES HAVE SUSPENDED SEARCH EFFORTS UNTIL THE BUILDING CAN BE MADE SAFE FOR RESCUE WORKERS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE GOVERNOR OF PUERTO RICO: IMMEDIATELY INSTRUCT BURIED-FACILITY OPERATORS TO REVIEW THEIR MAPS & FACILITY RECORDS TO IDENTIFY ERRORS & OMMISIONS, TO UPDATE THEIR SYSTEM MAPS, & TO KEEP THEIR MAPS UP TO DATE. (URGENT)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: San Juan, PR, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA97MP004
Accident Reports:
San Juan Gas Company, Inc./Enron Corp. Propane Gas Explosion
Report #: PAR-97-01
Accident Date: 11/21/1996
Issue Date: 12/16/1996
Date Closed: 12/19/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
To: NTSB
Date: 10/9/1998
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 10/23/98 10:54:23 AM MC# 981257

From: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
To: NTSB
Date: 10/8/1997
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Date: 3/7/1997
Response: P-96-28 ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO IMMEDIATELY INSTRUCT BURIED-FACILITY OPERATORS TO REVIEW THEIR MAPS & FACILITY RECORDS TO IDENTIFY ERRORS & OMISSONS, TO UPDATE THEIR SYSTEM MAPS, & TO KEEP THEIR MAPS UP TO DATE. SECRETARY BURGOS ADVISED US THAT THE TASK FORCE FORMED A SUBCOMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE PLANNING BOARD, TO UPDATE INFRASTRUCTURE INFO. WE NOTE THAT THE SAN JUAN GAS COMPANY, INC., HAS BEEN INSTRUCTED TO SUBMIT AN UPDATED SYSTEM MAP & WILL PROBABLY DO SO THIS MONTH. IN ADDITION, THE SUBCOMMITTEE HAS REQUIRED THAT ALL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES OPERATING BURIED FACILITIES ASSIGN AN OFFICIAL TO VERIFY THEIR FACILITY INFO & TO PROVDE ANY CHANGES TO THE PUERTO RICO PLANNING BOARD, WHICH WILL INCORPORATE THIS INFRASTRUCTURE DATA INTO THE GEOGRAPHIC INFO SYSTE (GIS). FURTHERMORE, WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE SUBCOMMITTEE HAS APPROACHED THE MAUNICIPALITY OF SAN JUAN & OTHER PRIVATE BURIED-FACILTIY OPERATORS ABOUT INTEGRATING THEIR SYSTEM INFO INTO THE GIS MAPS. BASED ON THIS INFO P-96-28 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Date: 2/10/1997
Response: THE BOARD HAS SINCE BEEN GIVEN A COPY OF THE CONTRACT ISSUED FOR THE INSTALLATION OF THE CONDUITS & IS NOW ABLE TO COMPARE THE SPECIFICATIONS IN THE CONTRACT WITH THE SPECIFICATIONS OF THE CONDUITS AFTER THEY WERE EXCAVATED.

From: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
To: NTSB
Date: 1/31/1997
Response: THE PUERTO RICAN SECRETARY OF STATE ADVISED THAT THE PR PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION HAS REQUESTED THAT SAN JUAN GAS COMPANY, INC. SUBMIT AN UPDATED MAP OF ITS UNDERGROUND INSTALLATIONS BY EARLY MARCH. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THIS WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED IN FEBRUARY. ALSO, A SUBCOMMITTEE HAS CREATED TO UPDATE THE INFRASTRUCTURE INFO. THAT WORK IS CHAIRED BY THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE PLANNING BOARD & INCLUDED THE TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, THE WATER & SEWER AUTHORITY, THE ELECTRIC POWER AUTHORITY, THE PR TELEPHONE COMPANY, & THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION THE SUBCOMMITTEE HAS THE GOAL OF KEEPING THE GEOGRAPHIC INFO SYSTEM DATA UPDATED & IT HAS ALREADY REQUIRED ALL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES THAT HAVE UNDERGROUND FACILITIES TO VERIFY WHAT PERCENTAGE OF ITS DATA IS IN THE SYSTEM & HOW MUCH IS MISSING, & TO ESTABLISH A TIME FRAME TO COMPLETE THE SYSTEM. THE MUNICIPALITY OF SAN JUAN IS BEING REQUESTED TO JOIN THE SYSTEM & TO INCLUDE ITS FACILITIES IN THE GIS SYSTEM.

From: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
To: NTSB
Date: 12/27/1996
Response: