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The San Fernando Tunnel explosion, California

Authors
Journal
Engineering Geology
0013-7952
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
67
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0013-7952(02)00042-x
Keywords
  • Tunnels
  • Explosions
  • Tunnel Safety

Abstract

Abstract A disastrous gas explosion in a tunnel under Los Angeles in 1971 took the lives of 17 workers. Construction was halted for 2 years while the owner, the contractor and OSHA decided how to proceed safely. Many warning signs preceded the event, but were not fully acknowledged or addressed. A criminal trial for negligence and new State safety orders has resulted in more strict procedures. Tunneling in areas where hydrocarbons are present require special precautions and special procedures.

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