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Accident: 14317598 - Employees Suffered Minor Chemical Burns After Reactor Burst

Accident: 14317598 -- Report ID: 0317020 -- Event Date: 08/18/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1770138408/20/19862899Helix Associates, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1770137608/19/19862899Helix Associates, Inc.
EMPLOYEES #1 AND #2 WERE FORMULATING AN ANTIMALARIAL DRUG, USING GLYCERIN, SULFURIC ACID, ANISOL AND IODINE AS COMPONENTS. THE CHEMICALS WERE BEING MIXED IN A CLOSED REACTOR. AN UNCONTROLLED EXOTHERMIC REACTION OCCURRED, CAUSING THE REACTOR TO RUPTURE. A VAPOR CLOUD WAS RELEASED. BOTH EMPLOYEES SUFFERED MINOR CHEMICAL BURNS AND LEG INJURIES WHEN THEY EVACUATED THE PLANT.
Keywords: rupture, chemical reaction, chemical burn, toxic fumes, chemical, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 17701384 Occupation Not Listed
2 17701376 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Mixing and blending machine operators
3 17701376 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Mixing and blending machine operators

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