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Accident: 111108.015 - Employee Is Killed In Explosion Related To Stabilization Of

Accident: 111108.015 -- Report ID: 1032500 -- Event Date: 11/17/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1360878.01511/18/2018Us Ecology Idaho, Inc.
At 9:23 a.m. on November 17, 2018, an employee was stabilizing magnesium metal. Magnesium is reacted with water to make magnesium oxide, which is a more stable compound. During this process hydrogen and oxygen are released. The hydrogen ignited and in the presence of oxygen and created a large explosion. The employe e was killed.
Keywords: chemical reaction, explosion, hydrogen, oxygen
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1360878.015 48 M Fatality

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