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Unformatted text preview: of the individuals working on the number 2 mud pump survived the explosion. The Panel believes that it was unlikely that the members of the crew who were working on the number 2 mud pump continued to work as the well blew out and gas rushed onto the rig. If in fact, as the Panel believes, these individuals stopped work immediately, there would have been no mechanical friction ignition source in the area. 3. Other Non‐Hazardous Area Sources If flammable gases dispersed beyond the hazardous areas on the rig to other deck levels with unclassified equipment, then other ignition sources were possible. The Panel, however, found no evidence that the source of ignition was located in any of the non‐hazardous areas of the rig. 4. Electrostatic Discharge Electrostatic charge or static electricity occurs in many industrial operations. Static discharges are responsible for many industrial fires and explosions. Hydrocarbon gases are extremely vulnerable to static discharge ignitions that may often be undetectable by human sight or hearing. 318 The Panel For a metal to spark, it m...
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