Dredge Operator Implicated in Explosion that Killed 5

(WBAP/KLIF) — Federal investigators say a dredge operator’s inadequate communication, planning, and risk management likely led to a propane pipeline blast at a Texas port that killed five people last year.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported its findings, Tuesday, on the august 2020 explosion in the Corpus Christi ship channel. Investigators say a dredge operator moved a rotating cutter head too close to a 16-inch propane pipeline owned by Enterprise Products. The cutter ruptured the pipeline resulting in an explosion that killed four aboard the dredge, one on an adjacent anchor barge, and injured six others.

The NTSB says the dredge operator used inadequate communication, planning, and risk management, likely leading to the explosion.

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