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Accident: 14238554 - Employee'S Eyes Burned By Hydrochloric Acid

Accident: 14238554 -- Report ID: 0953210 -- Event Date: 01/26/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11461212002/06/19919511City Of Sparks - Waste Water Treatment Plant
Employee #1 was in a wastewater treatment facility while lime scale buildup inside a 24 in. phosphorus removal pipeline was being cleaned with acid. The operator responsible for the cleaning process was not familiar with safety procedures and introduced a caustic solution of approximately 9.5 pH into an acid solution of approximately 1.5 pH. The resultant reaction ruptured a 1 in. PVC pipe containing muriatic (hydrochloric) acid, showering Employee #1 with the acid and burning his eyes. Employee #1 was not utilizing personal protective equipment.
Keywords: eye, hydrochloric acid, caustic, ppe, work rules, cleaning, chemical reaction, pipeline, chemical burn, untrained
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 114612120 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

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