Foam Tank Spill during Demolition Due to Inadequate Draining and Verification
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  URS CH2M Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge, TN

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Topics:  Fire Protection, Deactivation and Decommissioning

Prior to size-reduction activities of a 1200-gallon firefighting foam tank, and based on the evidence available, it was determined that the tank was empty. During size-reduction activities, foamy liquid began running onto the ground.

Lessons Learned: Vessels open to atmosphere and marked "Empty" can still contain material. During the draining, lay-up and demolition of tanks, the unique nature and use of the tanks should to be taken into account. A full visual verification of the absence of contents in the tanks may be necessary.

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