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Accident: 200740041 - Employee Killed In Fire After Chemicals Ignite

Accident: 200740041 -- Report ID: 0213100 -- Event Date: 11/20/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30052454311/22/19968711Pemm Corp.

At approximately 2:45 p.m. on November 20, 1996, Employee #1 and two coworkers were involved in a R & D test. They were pumping heptane and nitrogen through a 10 ft high plastic cylinder when a hose connection on the top of the unit began to leak. Employee #1 had started up a stepladder to stop the leak when the mixture ignited. He was set on fire and was killed. The entire building burned for approximately 1-1/2 hours before the blaze was extinguished.

Keywords: burn, leak, flammable liquid, work rules, fire, nitrogen, chemical reaction, heptane, chemical

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300524543 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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