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Accident: 14250757 - Employee Dies Of Heart Disease After Fall Into Hot Water

Accident: 14250757 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 05/19/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
305719705/20/19882841S & W Chemicals, Inc.
Employees were assigned to blend a batch of industrial textile soap in a 1,500 gallon mixing vat. Employee #1 positioned himself on a wooden pallet alongside a 55 gallon drum of Tall Oil Fatty Acid; both were raised to the top of the mixing vat by the company forklift. Once in position over the tank part, Employee #1 began attempting to pour the drum contents into the vat. Employee #1 lost control of the drum and, while he was attempting to restabilize it, both he and the drum fell into the vat, which contained approximately 1,300 gallons of 141 degree F water. A company vehicle transported Employee #1 to the hospital, where he later died of coronary disease.
Keywords: drum, cardiovasc disease, fall, elevated work plat, lost control, tank, hot water, unstable position
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3057197 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Mixing and blending machine operators

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