The Harrington Group

Hangar 130: Crucial Lessons in Safety and Prevention

Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The high expansion foam (HEF) system incident in Hangar 130 at Eglin Air Force Base that occurred early in 2014 left a tragic impression on everyone involved. There were questions to answer: What caused the system to trigger? Could it have been prevented? And, what can we learn from this, in terms of processes that...read the full article

High Expansion Foam: Risks and Rewards

Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2014

On January 8, 2014, a High Expansion Foam (HEF) fire suppression system was unintentionally activated in a Florida aircraft hangar. This unfortunate incident in Hangar 130 at Eglin Air Force Base turned to tragedy when a civilian contractor lost his life. In the aftermath of such a shocking occurrence, the question of prevention is inevitably...read the full article

Fatal Tank Explosion Caused by Hot Work

Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) recently released its findings following their investigation into a fatal tank explosion that occurred on July 28, 2014 at the Omega Protein facility located in Moss Point, Mississippi. The July explosion killed 25-year old Jerry Lee Taylor II and injured three other subcontractors. In the statement, CSB Chairperson Rafael...read the full article

Fire Safety Design Considerations of Road Tunnels

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

We recently published a guest post about emergency evacuations from our colleagues at Graphic Packaging that mentioned the Mont Blanc tragic tunnel fire. Shortly after we published the blog, I had the opportunity to attend an SFPE webinar that focused on the fire protection design considerations of road tunnels, and I thought I would share...read the full article

What’s Next? Aftermath of Combustible Dust Explosion at Burns Lake Mill

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Since the two British Columbia sawmill explosions in early 2012, attention to the problem of combustible dust has skyrocketed. It’s tragically too late for the four workers killed and more than 40 injured in these blasts, but perhaps the lessons we take from these incidents can prevent future loss of life and property. What can...read the full article