Safety of Personnel Using Quick-Actuating Closures on Pressure Vessels and Associated Litigation Issues


Quick-actuating closures have been used on ASME pressure vessels for more than 50 years. For the most part, these closures have been operated safely, although not without some accidents during operation. In recent years, there have been quite a few litigations where the manufacturers of pressure vessels with quick-actuating closures have been sued. The manufacturer of the pressure vessel is usually accused of poor design or noncompliance with the ASME Code requirements. These lawsuits are filed even though the pressure vessels and quick-actuating closures were operated by the owners of the pressure vessels for 20, even 30 and more, years without any serious accidents. The history of successful operation tends to debunk the issue of inadequate design. However the lawsuits go on.

24.3History of the Rules Governing Quick-Actuating Closures
24.4The Future

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