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Accident: 115992.015 - Four Employees Are Killed, One Is Injured In Chemical Plant

Accident: 115992.015 -- Report ID: 0524200 -- Event Date: 05/03/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1398632.01505/04/2019Ab Specialty Silicones, Llc
At 9:30 p.m. on May 3, 2019, Employees #1 and #2, were working in the production area of the facility while Employee #3 was working in the quality control lab i n the facility. Employee #4 had arrived early to work and was believed to be in the locker room or conference room awaiting the next shift. Employee #1 was mak ing a batch of silicone emulsion product when an unintended chemical reaction oc curred. The reaction caused foam to erupt from the production tank and flow onto the floor, producing hydrogen gas and giving off heat. Employee #2, a superviso r, heard Employee #1 yelling and went to the area to investigate. Upon witnessin g the event Employee #2 directed one employee to open a garage door and another employee to turn on fans. Shortly after the event started an explosion occurred, destroying the facility and killing four employees and hospitalizing another wi th serious injuries.
Keywords: chemical reaction, explosion, hydrogen, plastic mfg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1398632.015 53 M Fatality Chemical technicians
2 1398632.015 29 M Fatality
3 1398632.015 57 M Fatality Chemical technicians
4 1398632.015 24 M Fatality Chemical technicians

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