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Accident: 14563654 - Employee Burned By Super Phosphate Acid Spilled On Him

Accident: 14563654 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 08/20/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1502295708/29/19842874Texas Gulf Chemicals Co
WHILE WORKING AS A SUPER PHOSPHATE ACID PROCESS OPERATOR, EMPLOYEE #1 RECEIVED SEVERE BURNS OVER HIS ENTIRE BODY WHEN HOT SUPER PHOSPHATE ACID SPILLED ONTO HIM. THE CHEMICAL SPILLED OVER THE TOP OF THE STORAGE TANK AFTER WATER ENTERED ENTERED THE TANK. WATER WAS ALLOWED INTO THE STORAGE TANK BECAUSE THE FLOW CONTROL VALVE IN THE 6 INCH PRODUCT LINE WAS INADVERTENTLY LEFT PARTIALLY OPEN BY EMPLOYEE #1. ALTHOUGH THE VALVE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE COMPLETELY CLOSED, AN INVESTIGATION CONDUCTED AFTER THE ACCIDENT REVEALED THAT IT HAD BEEN LEFT PARTIALLY OPEN. THE WATER REACTED WITH THE SUPER PHOSPHATE ACID, CAUSING IT TO ERUPT OVER THE TOP OF THE STORAGE TANK. EMPLOYEE #1 DIED IN THE HOSPITAL ON AUGUST 26, 1984.
Keywords: burn, chemical reaction, chemical burn, spill, chemical, super phosphate acid
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15022957 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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