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The Major Accident Reporting System (MARS) has been established by the CEC for collecting information on major accidents in industrial installations involving dangerous chemical substances. By mid-1991, a total of 111 accidents had been registered in MARS, of which 35 occurred at oil and gas installations. The paper contains major conclusions of the study of the accidents after their classification according to various parameters, such as type of activity, type of accident, substances involved, consequences and causative factors. Further study of the accident reports can prevent similar occurrences or mitigate the consequences of such accidents. Illustrative lessons learned from accidents involving gas and oil products are also presented.

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Authors: DROGARIS G, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: The First International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, The Hague (NL), Nov. 11-14, 1991
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 36356 ORA
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