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A rude awakening

retiredguy Member Posts: 385
edited March 28 in Strictly Steam
Anyone interested in viewing the results and report of a boiler explosion due to very poor maintenance, can search for "the Dana Corporation June 18 2007. I saw this same poor maintenance many times and was told by the building owner that our maintenance program was way too expensive and that they would call when there was a problem. Well, i guess that the Dana Corporation finally had to call someone.

I was involved in at least 3 boiler explosions and witnessed melt-downs of steel boiler fire tubes, tube sheets, and stay-bolts, and the melting of boiler sections of at least 3 H B Smith cast iron boilers due to mistakes or poor maintenance. What does it take for people to get some common sense.


    HVACNUT Member Posts: 3,906
    Does Tennessee mandate annual state inspections? If not, maybe they should. 
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 8,840

    From what I saw in the report it looks like they do but some inspections were not done. The insurance company and maintenance personal failed miserably. Both ends of the boiler blew 100 feet away. One man in the boiler room had 75% burns. Lucky no one else was hurt

    MA has always required a licensed fireman on duty 24/7 if there is pressure on the gauge your in the boiler room and their must be a bathroom there.

    Some think it's stupid and want to change the law. This is for steam over 15 psi
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,414

    ...... What does it take for people to get some common sense.

    That would require fixing stupid.
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  • SlamDunk
    SlamDunk Member Posts: 994
    Our philosophy is that the boiler room must be maintained to be the safest room in the building.

    That said, It is really hard work, sometimes tedious, and expensive. Those three things make it easy to ignore and even avoid the boiler room.

    Some people don't realize that steam is what made Mt St Helens blow up. Rain water hitting hot lava, building pressure under a dome of hardened lava.

    Recently, I think in St Louis, a boiler blew. It was captured on a nearby security camera. It launched through the roof and crashed through the roof of another building killing people. I think I timed it at seven seconds going up and coming down. That was a lot of hang time!

  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 2,863
    It takes putting people in prison when it happens.

    Also, that is my birthday.
  • ratio
    ratio Member Posts: 2,750
    mattmia2 said:

    It takes putting people in prison when it happens.

    Also, that is my birthday.

    I dunno. Somehow, I get the feeling that the bean counters, c-level execs, board members, etc. who are running the show aren't the ones who would be going to prison. Then again, I could be mistaken.

    & Happy Birthday!

    delta T
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 2,863
    The board members are the ones that ultimately are responsible for the decision and are the ones that should be made responsible...

    I mean 6/18 is my birthday, the date of the explosion.
  • SteamingatMohawk
    SteamingatMohawk Member Posts: 475
    Most of you have seen my warnings about low pressure gauges being permanently installed without protection. I fear some of the OPs are not technically inclined and have no appreciation for the risk, even though it is minimal, but not zero.

    The experienced guys on this site have plenty of experience and can provide sound recommendations for such things, hopefully at little to no cost.

    I encourage all to speak up when someone uninformed wants to do something that is too risky.


    Steaming At Mohawk
  • The Steam Whisperer
    The Steam Whisperer Member Posts: 653
    Mattmia, I agree. However, its going to take the success of the current social and economic revolutions that are just starting to brew before that happens. When you have systems that are purposefully putting police and other communitys at odds, moving the publics focus of crime from "street crime" to the massive corporate crime that is occurring every day is tough to do. It's the classic diversionary tactic, provide something else for the public to focus on, so they don't notice the massive crime occurring everyday in thier midst. Dr. King expressed it very clearly in his conversation with his jailers that have been recorded.
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    delta T
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