During my daily scouring of the web for welding related news and information, I came across an article that highlights what can happen when welding work is low-grade and inspectors utilize poor evaluation procedures.
Welding is a suspect in a tank collapse in Chesapeake Mike Saewitz, The Virgina-Pilot, 11/23/2008
In trying to unravel the mystery of the collapse of Allied Terminals Tank 201 in Chesapeake, experts say those investigating the failure will be trying to determine whether the liquid fertilizer corroded welds that held the massive tank together.
They also are likely to review major welding work that was done on the structure in late 2006.
Tank collapses are an extremely rare occurrence, experts say. But when any above ground liquid fertilizer tank has failed in recent years, investigators have determined that defective welding was the main cause, according to Environmental Protection Agency documents. CONTINUE READING ONLINE–>