A recent gas pipeline explosion in Andhra Pradesh, India, claimed the lives of 14 civilians and injured 20 more in the village of Nagaram where the pipeline passed through. The incident has raised accident prevention and safety awareness not only throughout India, but across the globe as well.
According to Reuters, the incident was the worst gas pipeline safety issue to occur in India since August 2013, when a refinery caught fire. Compensation was announced for the families of those injured or killed in the most recent blast.
While the fire was quickly brought under control, it disrupted a nearby power station and closed two gas fields as a result. A spokesperson from GAIL, the state-owned energy company in control of the pipeline, said that arrangements were made to supply power to consumers via alternative means until repairs were finished. The cause of the incident is still undetermined.
While issues like this do occur from time to time, reducing both their accident rate and the damage done by them is an essential aspect of safety management services. Optimizing gas and oil pipeline safety is a critical concern across the planet and many firms are slowing the expansion of their construction projects in order to ensure worker and nearby community security.
As major energy and pipeline infrastructure talks continue, firms looking to improve worker safety need to invest in proper training and planning that meets OSHA regulations and global standards. The right planning support will expedite these processes and ensure that all workers are well prepared to handle any workplace accidents and hopefully prevent them from occurring in the first place. Optimizing the standards of safety will set a higher baseline for incident response and reduce risk as a whole for oilfield and pipeline operations.