The United States Chemical Safety Board and Hazard Investigation Board, an independent agency of the United States Federal Government that investigates the cause of chemical accidents (About the CSB Video
(14 minutes), website
) has released a well-made animated video
(11 minutes) detailing the root cause of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in conjunction with a two-volume draft report
about the disaster. This is just the latest in a series of informative and fascinating safety videos released by the CSB.Falling Through the Cracks
(8 mins): An explosion at a crystal-growing facility causes a death at a nearby gas station.
(13 mins): An explosion and fire in Waipahu, Hawaii kills five workers during an operation to dispose of contraband fireworks performed under a federal contract.
Inherently Safer: The Future of Risk Reduction
(11 mins): An examination of the concept of inherent safety and its application across industry.
Hot Work: Hidden Hazards
(11 mins): Welding on top of a storage tank containing flammable vapor leads to tragic consequences.
Iron in the Fire
(14 mins): Three separate iron dust fires occur in 2011 at the Hoeganaes plant in Gallatin, Tennessee.
Experimenting with Danger
(24 mins): Serious accidents in academic laboratories happen while conducting chemical research.
Fatal Exposure: Tragedy at DuPont
(14 mins): Three accidents occur over a 33-hour period at the DuPont plant in Belle, WV.
Fire in the Valley
(16 mins): A runaway reaction at a pesticide plant causes a catastrophic explosion and fire.
(15 mins): Fires and explosions result from intentional releases of natural gas into work areas.
No Escape: Dangers of Confined Spaces
(15 mins): A chemical fire erupts deep in a hydroelectric plant tunnel, trapping five workers.
Dangers of Hot Work
(14 mins): Key lessons to prevent flammable vapor explosions caused by welding and cutting.
No Place to Hang Out: The Danger of Oil Sites
(11 mins): After two friends die, Mississippi teens investigate the dangers of oil and gas sites.
Inferno: Dust Explosion at Imperial Sugar
(9 mins): Accumulations of sugar dust fuel massive explosions, killing 14 workers.
Runaway: Explosion at T2 Laboratories
(9 mins): A heat-producing chemical reaction runs out of control, killing four workers.
Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard
(29 mins): Dust from industrial processes can become the fuel for devastating explosions.
Emergency Preparedness: Findings from CSB Accident Investigations
(20 mins): Lessons from ten years of CSB investigations on preparing for chemical disasters.
Half an Hour to Tragedy
(23 mins): Remaining too close to a propane leak proves fatal to responders and others.
Blast Wave in Danvers
(19 mins): Solvent vapor explodes at a Boston-area ink plant, devastating a neighborhood.
Hazards of Nitrogen Asphyxiation
(12 mins): Two contract workers suffocate while servicing a refinery process vessel.
Death in the Oilfield
(8 mins): An oil tank explosion kills three workers performing hot work.
Fire From Ice
(13 mins): Fire cripples a refinery after propane leaks from a frozen dead leg.
Static Sparks Explosion in Kansas
(11 mins): Static electricity ignites a storage tank, forcing a community to evacuate.
Emergency in Apex
(16 mins): A North Carolina town is evacuated when fire engulfs a hazardous waste depot.
Anatomy of a Disaster
(55 mins): A massive explosion kills 15 and injures 180 at the BP Texas City refinery.
Dangers of Propylene Cylinders
(8 mins): Gas cylinders, rocketing from a fire, endanger a St. Louis neighborhood.
(20 mins): Four major accidents illustrate the dangers from uncontrolled chemical reactions.
Public Worker Safety: Wastewater Plant Explosion
(8 mins): Two public employees burn to death performing unregulated hot work.
Vinyl Chloride Explosion and Fire
(11 mins): A preventable human error leads to a vinyl chloride explosion, killing five.
Dangers of Flammable Gas Accumulation
(7 mins): When acetylene explodes inside a shed, three workers lose their lives.
Explosion at BP Refinery
(6 mins): Explosion at BP Refinery, Texas City, Texas
Preventing Harm from Sodium Hydrosulfide
(6 mins): Sodium hydrosulfide may create deadly hazards at pulp mills, mines, and tanneries.
Ethylene Oxide Explosion
(9 mins): At a sterilization plant, bypassing a safety interlock has catastrophic results.
Propylene Fire and Explosions
(8 mins): Without safeguards, a small collision leads to a massive process fire.
Descriptions for all but "Falling Through the Cracks" and "Explosion at BP Refinery" are taken from a list of videos available on DVD
from the CSB website.