The Day Safety Rules Paid Off

Issue 2 and Volume 120.

The Day Safety Rules Paid Off Gasoline flowing from pipeline break stopped by closing emergency valves required by Seattle F. D. on: A potential disaster of enormous magnitude—a punctured 12-inch pipeline shooting thousands of gallons of gasoline 50 to 60 feet into the air in a metropolitan area—was averted in Seattle recently through a combination of prior safety measures insisted upon by the Seattle Fire Department and the knowledge of the responding department personnel. Described as a “one-in-a-million” acoident, the entire incident was handled without a single injury or any property loss. The potential holocaust began when a bulldozer operator cutting an access road for a new freeway took a large bite with his machine blade into what he thought was a stubborn rock. The “rock” was in reality the 12-inch Olympic Pipe Line. The right tooth of the bulldozer punctured the line and a stream of gasoline, at 300…

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