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Accident: 14204465 - Exposed To Toxic Fumes From Chemical Reactions

Accident: 14204465 -- Report ID: 1054194 -- Event Date: 06/26/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1503347506/27/19853471All American Plating Service Inc Dba
EMPLOYEE #1 ACCIDENTALLY ADDED 55 GALLONS OF CONCENTRATED SULFURIC ACID (93%) TO 30 GALLONS OF DILUTE HYDROCHLORIC ACID (31%) IN AN OUTDOOR STRIPPING TANK. A VIOLENT REACTION ENSUED, CAUSING THE RELEASE OF TOXIC GASES. EMPLOYEE #1 THEN TRIED TO STABILIZE THE SITUATION BY ADDING WATER TO THE TANK. EMPLOYEE #3 WAS FIVE FEET FROM THE TANK, EMPLOYEE #2, 75 FEET AND EMPLOYEE #7, 50 FEET. EMPLOYEES #4, 6, 8 AND 9 TRIED TO NEUTRALIZE THE ACID BY THE ADDITION OF SODA ASH (400 POUNDS). THIS RESULTED IN A SECOND RELEASE OF GASES. THE EMPLOYEES SUFFERED PULMONARY IRRITATION AND VIOLENT COUGHING. THE CAUSAL FACTORS WERE: A LACK OF TRAINING IN HANDLING CHEMICALS, THE FAILURE TO USE ACID PUMPS, FAILURE TO WEAR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND THE FAILURE TO READ THE LABEL ON THE CHEMICAL CONTAINER.
Keywords: respiratory, ppe, inhalation, chemical reaction, toxic fumes, untrained, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15033475 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 15033475 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 15033475 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 15033475 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
5 15033475 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
6 15033475 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
7 15033475 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
8 15033475 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
9 15033475 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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