The Harrington Group

One Year Later: The West, Texas Tragedy

Posted on Friday, April 18th, 2014

On April 17, 2013, the town of West, Texas was in the midst of a devastating tragedy, when a fire and massive explosion demolished West Fertilizer Company, causing the deaths of 15 people and injuring approximately 200 others. The fire and explosion occurred in the facility’s wooden warehouse, which was filled with wood framed bins...read the full article

NFPA 56: Chemical Industry will Benefit from Communication and Education

Posted on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

From time to time, we like to share perspectives of members in our connected communities. We’d like to thank both Jack Rubinger and John Puskar, two experts in industrial safety, for providing today’s guest post: The NFPA released a standard to prevent fires and explosions during cleaning and purging of flammable gas piping systems. NFPA...read the full article

Inside the Eglin Air Force Base Foam Accident

Posted on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

By Jeff Harrington, CEO and Founder of Harrington Group, Inc. High expansion foam (HEF) is used as an efficient and highly effective fire suppression technique, particularly within locations that pose a high risk for fuel spills. Aircraft hangars, such as Eglin Air Force Base’s Hangar 130, employ these systems with increasing regularity. On January 8,...read the full article

Not Convinced About the Importance of Underground Flushing? Read This!

Posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014

A few months ago, we published the blog, “Why is it Important to Flush Underground Fire Service Mains?”, where we reviewed some of the many interesting objects (like hard hats, safety glasses, and rocks) that we have seen make their way through underground water piping throughout the years that we have provided underground flushing services...read the full article

Ready for Anything: Mitigating Risk in Green Buildings

Posted on Thursday, March 13th, 2014

With the trend toward sustainability practices in construction, safety has become a lot more complicated. There are countless factors involved, and a successful project is one that strikes the right balance while mitigating risk. Many developers have to contend with the strict LEED certification standards and fire protection engineering concerns while contending with perhaps the...read the full article