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Accident: 14289557 - One Employee Dies, Two Burned In Ethylene Glycol Vapor Fire.

Accident: 14289557 -- Report ID: 0355111 -- Event Date: 06/18/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10568578806/21/19882824Firestone Fibers & Textiles Co.
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on June 10, 1988, Employee #1 was lying on the floor removing a steel plate that had a steam jet fitted inside it. The steel plate was under a vacuum chamber. containing ethylene glycol vapors that had been heated past their 241 degree F flash point by 337 degree F steam. When the last nut was removed, the steel plate and steam jet came down, releasing ethylene glycol vapors.The vapors, which has a vapor density of 2.1 relative to air, ignited engulfing the vacuum chamber in fire. Employees #2 and #3 carried Employee #1 to a safety shower to extinguish the flames on his clothing. Employees #1 and #2 were hospitalized for burns. Employee #1 died eight days later.
Keywords: burn, flammable vapors, unsecured, ethylene glycol, work rules, fire, vacuum vessel, accidental discharge, high temperature
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105685788 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors, production occupations
2 105685788 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Industrial machinery repairers
3 105685788 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Industrial machinery repairers

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