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Accident: 115014.015 - One Employee Is Killed And Two Others Are Injured In Explosi

Accident: 115014.015 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 04/02/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1390220.01504/03/2019Kmco, Llc
At approximately 10:40 a.m. on April 2, 2019, the housing of a three-inch Y-str ainer of an isobutylene line that fed into reactor K8 ruptured and isobutylene w as released, forming a vapor cloud. Three employees responded to mitigate the is obutylene vapor in the reactor area. As Employee #1 was at an old control room a rea and Employee #2 was approaching a tank farm area away from reactors K8 and K 9, Employee #3 activated the fire water monitor located next to the hot oil area on the West side of the main control room. Shortly after 10:50 a.m., the isobut ylene vapor cloud ignited, causing an explosion. Fire spread to a dry storage ar ea. Employee #1 suffered injuries that affected his upper extremity and brachial artery on his right side, killing him. Employees #2 and #3 sustained thermal bu rns, which they were hospitalized and received treatment.
Keywords: burn, chemical reaction, chemical vapor, explosion, fire, reactor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1390220.015 24 M Hospitalized injury Operations & systems researchers and analysts
2 1390220.015 34 M Hospitalized injury
3 1390220.015 27 M Fatality Operations & systems researchers and analysts

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