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Accident: 170020226 - Three Employees Hospitalized After Chlorine Exposure

Accident: 170020226 -- Report ID: 0213100 -- Event Date: 04/08/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30052726404/08/19972819Surpass Chemicals

A tanker truck was filling a 5,000 gallon tank with hydrogen chloride. The combined effect of air added during the filling and a blocked vent line caused the tank to become overpressurized and rupture. Hydrogen chloride was released into the surrounding diked area, then broke a window and entered the plant. When the tank ruptured, a pipe leading to an adjacent sodium hypochlorite tank broke, resulting in the formation and release of a cloud of chlorine. Employees #1 through #3 sustained injuries and were admitted to local hospitals.

Keywords: air pressure, work rules, rupture, chlorine, clogged, chemical reaction, high pressure, chemical vapor, tank, accidental discharge

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300527264 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
2 300527264 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
3 300527264 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

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