Diesel engine Runaway Incidents Continue to Increase in the U.S. - Engines Should Be Protected to Prevent Overspeed.

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Including the latest BP Deepwater Horizon explosion, more than 53 people have been killed and 244 injured involving diesel engine runaway accidents. Safety devices ensure protection of people and equipment but tighter regulations are needed.

Diesel Engine Related Incidents Continue to Increase

This is a global safety issue - not region specific. The technology exists to prevent diesel engine runaway, but operators may not adhere to safety standards that are not required by law.

Independent reports show the common denominators of recent onshore and offshore diesel related accidents increasing throughout the United States have included hydrocarbon gas release, diesel engine overspeed / runaway, ignition source / explosion, and lack of safety devices.

Diesel engine runaway is a recognized safety hazard that is likely to cause serious harm or death. Government regulations do exist to prevent such hazards in Canada (Well Servicing) and UK/North Sea (Refineries / Offshore).

The U.S. should follow these best practices. Why would international companies, fully aware of stringent international standards, choose not to exercise the same best practice when operating within the U.S.?

The U.S. must mandate safety standards that reflect the highest standards as an example for the industry.

This is a global safety issue - not region specific. The technology exists to prevent diesel engine runaway, but operators may not adhere to safety standards that are not required by law. The number of incidents recorded is only a portion of actual accidents. A large number of accidents and near misses are never reported.

BP DEEPWATER HORIZON
11 Killed; 17 Injured
DEEPWATER HORIZON INVESTIGATION C-SPAN

THE DIESEL CONNECTION: INVESTIGATORS LOOKING AT SIMILARITIES IN BP EXPLOSIONS
KHOU, 07-07-2010

BP TEXAS REFINERY - TEXAS CITY, TX
15 Killed; Over 170 Injured
March 2005

FIRE AT OILFIELD WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITY – ROSHARON, TX
3 Killed; Over 4 Injured
January 2003

OILFIELD BLAST – TULSA, OK
1 Killed; 3 Injured
August 2008

DRILLING RIG TANK EXPLOSION – GREELY, CO
January 2009

To learn more about Diesel Engine Safety contact us at dieselsafety@amot.com

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