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Accident: 141065.015 - Employee Is Killed In Explosion While Sanitizing Tank

Accident: 141065.015 -- Report ID: 0627510 -- Event Date: 11/12/2021
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1563501.01511/12/2021X Fab Texas, Inc.
At 9:30 a.m. on November 12, 2021, an employee and two coworkers were sanitizing a polishing tank which is used to deionize water for site use. Around 8:30am th ey starting setting everything up so they could pump a 35% hydrogen peroxide sol ution in the tank. They ran a hose from a 55 gallon drum of hydrogen peroxide t o the pump and then to the nitrogen intake valve at the top of the tank. Once th e pump was set up, Coworker #2 left to work on something else while the employee and Coworker #1 stayed to observe progress. After about 30 minutes, approximate ly 75% of the 55 gallon drum had been transferred to the polishing tank. At thi s point, the employee and Coworker #1 turned off the pump and approached the pol ishing tank to open a side valve in case of pressure build up. As the employee was opening the valve, an explosion occurred killing him and injuring Coworker # 1. The employee was burned and incurred multiple fractures in explosion.
Keywords: burn, chemical, chemical reaction, cleaning, concussion, drum, explosion, face, fracture, head, hydrogen peroxide, nitrogen, pressure, pump, struck by, tank, valve
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1563501.015 24 M Fatality

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