April 18, 2012 | Vol. 62, No. 09
|Dear PEI Member:
A delivery driver from Florida Rock & Tank Lines was refilling an aboveground storage tank at the 5th Wheel BP gas station in St. Augustine, Florida, on August 18, 2011. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the tank had a broken liquid level gauging system. Gasoline overflowed from the tank. Vapors then combined with heat from the running delivery truck to trigger an explosion. Click here for pictures of the accident. According to published reports, the resulting fire took several hours to put out. The delivery driver suffered third-degree burns and spent several weeks in the hospital.
Following a six-month investigation, OSHA proposed a $70,000 fine against Florida Rock & Tank Lines, along with a citation for a willful violation for "failing to provide a means for the delivery driver to determine if the storage tank had enough capacity for additional gasoline." Coomes Oil was cited for one serious violation with a proposed penalty of $7,000 for "failing to provide employees and delivery drivers a means to determine the gasoline levels in the aboveground storage tank."
The fire, injuries and property damage would not have happened if PEI's Recommended Practices for Overfill Prevention of Shop-Fabricated Aboveground Tanks (PEI/RP600) had been followed. Published first in 2007 and just now revised, the document continues to fill the need for a comprehensive reference guide that the industry and regulators can use to minimize aboveground tank overfill incidents.
The second edition of PEI/RP600 has been reviewed and revised to provide better clarity to some provisions of the document. The 27-page document supersedes and replaces the previous edition of PEI/RP600. All comments solicited since 2011 and submitted by industry representatives were considered by the committee at its meeting earlier this year.
The recommended practices are the consensus recommendations of the PEI Aboveground Storage Tank Overfill Prevention Committee: Sonny Underwood (chairman), Mid-South Steel Products; John Albert, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Tracy Barth, MFA Oil Company; Chris Collura, JMP Solutions; Terry D. Cooper, Acterra Group; Brad Holmes, Clay & Bailey Mfg. Co.; Alfred Reid, Broward County Environmental Protection Department; Dana Schmidt, Steel Tank Institute; and Jeff Smith, Liquid Automation, LLC.
If you install, maintain, own, fill, regulate or manage aboveground storage tanks, you should have a copy of this publication. PEI/RP600-12 is copyrighted and may not be photocopied or otherwise reproduced. Learn more and order online ($40 for members; $95 for nonmembers) at www.pei.org/rp600.
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