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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-96-029
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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 PUERTO RICO: IMMEDIATELY REQUIRE EXCAVATORS TO PROMPTLY NOTIFY FACILITY OPERATORS OF ANY DAMAGE TO A BURIED FACILITY OR ITS SUPPORT CAUSED BY EXCAVATION OPERATIONS. (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: 5/6/1999
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Date: 5/6/1999
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT ON 9/15/98, YOU SIGNED THE LAW FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF A ONE-CALL CENTER, WHICH WILL HELP PROTECT PUERTO RICO'S UNDERGROUND PIPELINE FACILITIES FROM DAMAGE DUE TO EXCAVATIONS. THE BOARD RECOGNIZES THAT PUERTO RICO HAS UNDERTAKEN A MAJOR EXCAVATION DAMAGE PREVENTION EFFORT IN PASSING THIS LAW AND IN ESTABLISHING ITS FIRST GOVERNMENT-RUN ONE-CALL CENTER. ACCORDINGLY, P-96-27, -29, AND -30 HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
To: NTSB
Date: 10/9/1998
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 10/23/98 10:54:23 AM MC# 981257 ON 9/15/98, GOVERNOR PEDRO ROSSELLO GONSZALEZ, SIGNED THE LAW FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF OUR ONE-CALL CENTER. AS YOU KNOW ONE OF OUR TOP PRIORITIES IS TO PROTECT OUR UNDERGROUND PIPELINE FACILITIES FROM DAMAGE DUE TO EXCAVATIONS. AS PART OF OUR PROGRAM TO LAUNCH A MAJOR EXCAVATION UNDERGROUND PREVENTION EFFORT WE HAVE TAKEN A GIANT STEP FORWARD WITH THE APPROVAL OF THIS LAW AND THE FINAL ESTABLISHMENT OF OUR CENTER, THE FIRST GOVERNMENT RUN FACILITY OF ITS KIND.

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-96-29 URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO IMMEDIATELY REQUIRE EXCAVATORS TO PROMPTLY NOTIFY FACILITY OPERATORS OF ANY DAMAGE TO A BURIED FACILITY OR ITS SUPPORT CAUSED BY EXCAVATION OPERATIONS. P-96-30 ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO EXPEDITE IMPLEMENTATION OF AN EXCAVATION DAMAGE PREVENTION PROGRAM THAT: (1) REQUIRE FULL PARTICIPATION FROM ALL ORGANIZATIONS THAT EXCAVATE OR THAT OPERATE BURIED FACILITES, (2) HAS AN ISLAND-WIDE ONE-CALL NOTIFICATION CENTER THAT ACCEPTS EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS 24 HOURS A DAY, (3) HAS EFFECTIE DAMAGE-PREVENTION REQUIREMENTS THAT INCLUDE GOVERNMENT-PERFORMED COMPLIANCE MONITORING & ENFORCEMENT, (4) INCORPORATES COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR BURIED-FACILITY OPERATORS, EXCAVATORS, & THE PUBLIC THAT EXPLAIN HOW TO USE THE DAMAGE PREVETION PROGRAM, & (5) ESTABLISHES PENALTIES FOR FAILING TO USE THE PROGRAM PROPERLY. SECRETARY BURGOS REPORTED THAT THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRED BY THE DEPUTY SECRETARY OF THE PUERTO RICO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS WILL DEVELOP MEANS TO ACHIEVE THE ACTIONS CALLED FOR IN P-96-29 & -30 AS IT FORMULATES AN OVER ALL EXCAVATION DAMAGE PREVENTION PROGRAM & CONSIDERS THE MEASURES CALLED FOR UNDER THE DRAFT EXECUTIVE ORDER. P-9-29 & -30 HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE." THE BOARD APPRECIATES SECRETARY BURGOS' SUMMARY OF ACTIONS THAT YOUR TASK FORCE HAS TAKEN. WE LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING COPIES OF THE FINAL REPORTS YOU APPROVE & SPECIFIC INFO ABOUT ACTIONS YOU HAVE IMPLEMENTED.

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 SHE DISTRIBUTED A DRAFT EXECUTIVE ORDER ON 1/29/97 TO ADOPT AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE TIME MEASURES THAT DO NOT REQUIRE LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL. THE SUBCOMMITTEE CONSIDERING THIS ACTION WILL EXAMINE THE LEGAL & TECHNICAL ASPECTS & BRING THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE NEXT SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING.

From: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
To: NTSB
Date: 1/27/1996
Response: