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Accident: 97208.015 - Employee Is Sprayed With Corrosive Chemicals And Suffers Che

Accident: 97208.015 -- Report ID: 0352420 -- Event Date: 07/06/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1246002.01507/11/2017University Of Maryland, College Park

At 1:45 p.m. on July 6, 2017, an employee was working with a coworker and perfor ming a laboratory cleanout operation. Both workers misidentified the contents o f a centrifuge tube containing Piranha Solution and the employee poured the cont ents of the container into a bottle of concentrated nitric acid. The chemicals reacted, causing an exothermic reaction that turned the bubbling contents brown in color as nitrogen dioxide built up in the reaction vessel. The employee part ially threaded the cap on the container hoping that it would vent. He was still holding the container when the top exploded, spraying nitric acid and reaction products into his face and eyes. The employee suffered chemical burns to those areas. The employee was hospitalized.

Keywords: accidental discharge, chemical, chemical burn, chemical reaction, explosion, struck by

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1246002.015 28 M Hospitalized injury Chemical technicians

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