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Accident: 14419360 - Employee Suffers Chemical Burns To Eye After Tank Explodes

Accident: 14419360 -- Report ID: 0728900 -- Event Date: 08/30/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10138179608/30/19902873Arcadian Corporation
At about 2:00 a.m. on October 15, 1990, Employee #1 was transferring an approximately 20 percent monoethanolamine (ethanolamine) solution from a process vessel, the amine regenerator, to the top of an 11,000 gallon aluminum storage tank. The ethanolamine solution had apparently entrained hydrogen gas, some of which released to the atmosphere of the storage tank upon transfer and apparently caused the hydrogen gas concentration in the tank to exceed 4 percent. A source of ignition, possibly the static charge of the falling ethanolamine solution, caused the hydrogen to explode. Employee #1 was engulfed in the release of ethanolamine solution from the ruptured tank and sustained chemical burns to his left eye. The storage tank was damaged beyond repair, and piping, valves, and windows in the immediate area were destroyed. Damage was estimated at $70,000.
Keywords: eye, caustic, flammable vapors, ppe, work rules, explosion, chemical reaction, chemical burn, chemical vapor, tank
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101381796 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

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