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Accident: 14377113 - Employees Fell Into Flowing Material; Two Buried, One Hurt

Accident: 14377113 -- Report ID: 0521700 -- Event Date: 09/07/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
134312809/27/19841799Vip International Inc
ON SEPTEMBER 27, 1984, AT APPROXIMATELY 3:30 PM, EMPLOYEES # 1, 2, AND 3 WERE VACUUMING CATALYST FROM THE AIR PREHEATER OF A CATALYTIC CRACKING UNIT. THE AIR PREHEATER IS A HORIZONTAL VESSEL. AS THEY WERE PROCEEDING INTO THE VESSEL, PICKING AND VACUUMING THE CATALYST, THEY BROKE THROUGH A "BRIDGE" OF CATALYST IN THE VERTICAL AIR PIPE OF THE PREHEATHER. THE AIR PIPE WAS FULL OF CATALYST, WHICH FLOWED INTO THE VESSEL, BURYING EMPLOYEES #1 AND 2, AND KNOCKING EMPLOYEE #3 OUT OF THE VESSEL.
Keywords: suffocated, cleaning, flowing material, bridged material, buried
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1343128 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported
2 1343128 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 1343128 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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