Powered by GoogleTranslate

Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Accident Report Detail

Accident: 14346464 - Chemical Reaction Caused Drum To Explode, Employees Injured

Accident: 14346464 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 11/22/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
246018611/22/19853669Eci Division Of E-Systems Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10038102911/22/19853669Eci Division Of E-Systems, Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
246018611/22/19853669Eci Division Of E-Systems Inc.
THE EMPLOYEES WERE POURING CHEMICAL WASTE FROM A SMALL CONTAINER INTO A LARGER DRUM FOR SUBSEQUENT DISPOSAL. THE DRUM CONTAINED SILVER CYANDIDE. THE SMALLER CONTAINER HELD HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. AS THE TWO CHEMICALS WERE MIXED, THE DRUM'S INTERNAL PRESSURE RAPIDLY ROSE. THE DRUM RUPTURED, SPLASHING ITS CONTENTS ON EMPLOYEES #1 AND #2. THEY WERE HOSPITALIZED WITH CHEMICAL BURNS. UP TO 48 OTHER PERSONS, INCLUDING COMPANY EMPLOYEES, TRANSIENTS AND RESCUE WORKERS WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL FOR OBSERVATION DUE TO POSSIBLE EXPOSURE TO TOXIC SMOKE AND FUMES FROM THE EXPLOSION. THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT WAS THE MISLABELLING OF THE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE CONTAINER.
Keywords: hydrogen peroxide, drum, explosion, chemical reaction, high pressure, chemical burn, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2460186 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
2 100381029 Occupation Not Listed
3 2460186 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.

Close