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Accident: 115775.015 - Employee Is Chemically Burned Preparing Acid Sample

Accident: 115775.015 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 07/10/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1351910.01510/01/2018Morton Grinding, Inc.
At 6:45 a.m. on July 10, 2018, an employee was preparing a "thread roll acid" sa mple inside a laboratory hood. The employee added water, nitric acid and hydrofl uoric acid into a plastic bottle. He placed a lid on the bottle and mixed the so lution by agitating the bottle. The solution turned red, gave off fumes and the bottle exploded. Acid sprayed inside the hood and through the sash, which was po sitioned down to the employee's chest-level (a 18 inch sash opening). The employ ee received chemical burns on his chest and left hand/wrist, requiring him to be hospitalized.
Keywords: abdomen, arm, burn, chemical, chemical burn, chemical exposure, chemical reaction, chemical vapor, chest, explosion, hand, hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid, testing lab, toxic fumes, ventilation, water, wrist
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1351910.015 46 M Hospitalized injury

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