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Accident: 14402424 - Employees Hospitalized After Exposure To Hydrofluoric Acid

Accident: 14402424 -- Report ID: 0626000 -- Event Date: 08/22/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10030721408/23/19882911Valero Refining Company - Texas Lp
Employees #1 through #6 were attempting to install a sample point on a 3/4 in. bleed line. The system was not isolated, i.e. blacked in. The gate valve was closed and the line drained; however, the line was made of threaded pipe and came loose at 250 psi due to poor installation. Hydrofluoric acid was released. Employees #1, #5, and #6 were hospitalized. Employees #2, #3, and #4 were affected but not hospitalized.
Keywords: leak, hydrofluoric acid, work rules, inhalation, equipment failure, valve, gas leak, pipe, toxic fumes, gas fitting
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100307214 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 100307214 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 100307214 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 100307214 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
5 100307214 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
6 100307214 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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