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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 14552459 - Burns From Xylene Fire

Accident: 14552459 -- Report ID: 0213400 -- Event Date: 04/27/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
105545805/13/19855171Shell Oil Co., Sewaren Plant
TWO EMPLOYEES WERE PREPARING TO CALIBRATE SOLVENT METERS. THEY WERE PURGING A CALIBRATED TANK SYSTEM WHICH WAS CONTAMINATED WITH XYLENE (FLAMMABLE LIQUID). THE XYLENE WAS DRAINING INTO A 5 GALLON PAIL WHICH WAS NOT BONDED TO THE DRAIN NOZZLE. A DISCHARGE OF STATIC ELECTRICITY FROM THE PAIL PRODUCED A SPARK WHICH IGNITED THE FLAMMABLE VAPOR-AIR MIXTURE IN THE AREA. EMPLOYEE #1 SUSTAINED 2ND AND 3RD DEGREE BURNS OVER 34 % OVER HIS BODY. EMPLOYEE #2 FELL AND INJURED HIS RIGHT SHOULDER. HE WAS RUNNING WITH A FIRE EXTINGUSHER TO HELP EMPLOYEE #1, WHOSE CLOTHES WERE ON FIRE.
Keywords: burn, static electricity, shoulder, flammable liquid, xylene, fire, fall, spark
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1055458 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 1055458 Hospitalized injury Dislocation Occupation not reported

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