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Accident: 125117.015 - Employee Is Killed After Entering Vessel Containing Vinyl Ch

Accident: 125117.015 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 03/29/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1471368.01503/30/2020Westlake Vinyls Company, Lp
At approximately 4:00 a.m. on March 29, 2020, an employee was installing full fa ce blind on flange on a reactor. Then, the probe stem fell inside of reactor, an d employee tried to fish it out. Using a Jacobs ladder, the employee went insid e reactor that was not cleared for entry because the reactor still contained vin yl chlorine. Half way down the ladder, the employee became dizzy and fell to th e bottom of the reactor hitting his head on the agitator inside of the vessel. The employee was killed.
Keywords: head, installing, reactor, vessel--container
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1471368.015 30 M Fatality Operating engineers

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