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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300527264 - Surpass Chemicals

Inspection Information - Office: Albany


Inspection Nr: 300527264
Report ID: 0213100
Open Date: 04/08/1997

Site Address:
Surpass Chemicals
1254 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Complete

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 08/26/1997


Close Case:04/09/1999

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 360836969
Referral 902011402 Yes Yes
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $2,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,500
Current Penalty $2,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,500
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 10/07/1997 11/09/1997 $2,500 $2,500 $0 10/29/1997 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 170020226
Event: 04/08/1997
Three Employees Hospitalized After Chlorine Exposure

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

Investigated Inspection
# 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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