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Accident: 105803.015 - Twenty One Employees Sustain Injuries From Flash Fire

Accident: 105803.015 -- Report ID: 0626700 -- Event Date: 05/19/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1317675.01505/19/2018Kuraray America, Inc
At 10:15 a.m. on May 19, 2018, employees were completing welding projects with a pickup truck near a reactor. The reactor was charged with ethylene and heated. Expansion of ethylene increased the pressure in reactor, exceeding the setpoint of the relief valve. The relief valve opened and vented ethylene to atmosphere w here it was then ignited by the welding projects going on nearby. The flash fire resulted in 21 employees being hospitalized for burns, bruises, and cuts. Anoth er 150 employees were injured but were not hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, chemical, chemical reaction, fire, pressure release, reactor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1317675.015 42 M Hospitalized injury Insulation Workers

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