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Accident: 14498182 - Ethylene Vapor Cloud Ignited, Burning Employees

Accident: 14498182 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 09/27/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10024919209/28/19852813Texaco Chemical Company Div Of Texaco Inc
A HIGH PRESSURE ETHYLENE PUMP DEVELOPED AN OVERHEATED BEARING. WHILE THE EMPLOYEES WERE TRYING TO SHUT DOWN THE PUMP, ONE OF THE MECHANICAL SEALS BLEW OUT. A LARGE AMOUNT OF LIQUID ETHYLENE WAS RELEASED, FORMING A VAPOR CLOUD. STEAM WAS PUT ON THE LEAK IN AN EFFORT TO DISSIPATE THE ETHYLENE AND EFFORTS BEGUN TO SHUT OFF FLOW OF ETHYLENE TO THE PUMP. THE CLOUD SUDDENLY IGNITED, BURNING THE NEARBY EMPLOYEES.
Keywords: burn, flammable vapors, fire, construction, rupture, pump
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100249192 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 100249192 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 100249192 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
4 100249192 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
5 100249192 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
6 100249192 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
7 100249192 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
8 100249192 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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