The fire at Hickson and Welch 21st September 1992 - issue 257

Issue Number: 257


This September is the 25th anniversary of the accident at Hickson & Welch (H&W) which killed five people in a jet fire which lasted for no more than 100 seconds. This short article does not seek to be a fundamental review of the accident which has been the subject of papers both in LPB and elsewhere, and is the subject of an excellent HSE report (now available on the Safety and Loss Prevention Special Interest Group section of the IChemE website). The aim is to be a review and reminder of the key lessons that came out of the accident, hopefully to ensure they are not forgotten as time passes.

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