This educational video is an academic analysis of the ESSO Longford Gas Plant explosion in Victoria in 1998, which killed two workers, injured nine others and left the state without gas for two weeks. The video consists predominantly of a presenter, along with sociologist Professor Andrew Hopkins, combined with extensive technical graphics and overlay of the Longford plant. The video underscores how ESSO was found guilty in 2001 of eleven charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The video explores a range of causes and outcomes, including lack of training, inadequate procedures for incident reporting, systemic failure to report incidents, lack of engineers on site, lack of communication between shifts, poor maintenance, failure to identify interconnections and hazards, as well as government failure to ensure an alternate gas supply.
Author: J Bird, 2023