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Accident: 14236780 - 4 Employees Exposed To Chlorine Gas

Accident: 14236780 -- Report ID: 0953210 -- Event Date: 07/30/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10461172807/31/19874953E T I Group International
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10461171007/31/19873669Bently Nevada - Main Plant
EMPLOYEES #1 THROUGH #4 WERE DECOMMISSIONING AN ELECTROPLATING PRODUCTION LINE. THE ACIDS AND CAUSTIC STRIPPING SOLUTIONS WERE BEING TRANSFERRED TO 55 GALLON DRUMS FOR DISPOSAL. ENDPLATE AD482, CONTAINING SULFURIC ACID AND AMMONIUM CHLORIDE, WAS DRAINED INTO A RECENTLY WASHED 55 GALLON DRUM. THE ENDPLATE AD482 REACTED WITH RESIDUAL WATER, CREATING EXCESSIVE HEAT AND PRESSURE. THE REACTION RELEASED CHLORINE GAS FROM THE SOLUTION AND THE RESULTING PRESSURE CAUSED THE SEALED DRUM TO EXPLODE.
Keywords: respiratory, work rules, inhalation, chlorine, explosion, chemical reaction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104611728 Non Hospitalized injury Other Chemical technicians
2 104611728 Non Hospitalized injury Other Chemical technicians
3 104611728 Non Hospitalized injury Other Chemical technicians
4 104611728 Non Hospitalized injury Other Chemical technicians
5 104611710 Occupation Not Listed

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