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“Most of the incidents are very simple. No esoteric knowledge or detailed study was required to prevent them-only a knowledge of what had happened before, which this book provides.” -Trevor Kletz.

Learn from the mistakes of others. This invaluable and respected book examines the causes and aftermaths of numerous plant disasters-almost every one of which could have been prevented. Case histories illustrate what went wrong and why it went wrong, and then guide you in how to circumvent similar tragedies.

Twenty percent of the information in this fourth edition is brand new, with fifteen new figures and photos to help you better recognize danger. Extensive references are a hallmark of this trusted volume. New sections include: Electrical isolation Heat radiation Cooling coils Recent incidents Vacuum relief valves Accidents at sea Fires Problem sources Emulsion breaking Chimney effects Interlock failure Choosing materials. Keep your plant running safely. No professional concerned with operating, maintaining, and designing process plants should be without this classic book.