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Accident: 14541643 - Employee Exposed To Hydrogen Sulfide; Injured In Fall

Accident: 14541643 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 09/08/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10036917209/09/19862621Georgia Kraft Company
AT APPROXIMATELY 1 PM ON SEPTEMBER 8, 1986, EMPLOYEE #1, A LABORATORY SPECIALIST, RESPONDED TO A CALL FROM THE TALL OIL PLANT TO INVESTIGATE A POSSIBLE HYDROGEN SULFIDE LEAK. THE HYDROGEN SULFIDE LEAK WAS CAUSED BY A RUPTURE IN A 28,000 GALLON SULFURIC ACID BULK STORAGE TANK. THE ACID LEAKED THROUGH A BROKEN VALVE IN A DIKE AND EMPTIED INTO A U-DRAIN CONTAINING BLACK LIQUOR (A HIGH SULFIDE MATERIAL). THE ENSUING CHEMICAL REACTION RESULTED IN THE FORMATION OF HYDROGEN SULFIDE GAS. WHILE CLIMBING A METAL STAIRWAY ENROUTE TO AREA OF THE LEAK, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS OVERCOME BY HYDROGEN SULFIDE, LOST CONSCIOUSNESS AND FELL. HE FELL DOWN ABOUT 20 METAL STEPS, RECEIVING MULTIPLE HEAD INJURIES AND LACERATIONS.
Keywords: head, stair, unconsciousness, hydrogen sulfide, inhalation, rupture, chemical reaction, fall, toxic fumes, sulfuric acid
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 100369172 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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