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Accident: 14566855 - Burned From Exposure To Sodium Hydroxide

Accident: 14566855 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 02/20/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1533366902/22/19852869Abco Industries, Inc.
ON FEBRUARY 20, 1985, TWO EMPLOYEES WERE ADDING DRY CAUSTIC (SODIUM HYDROXIDE) TO A 1,500 GALLON MIXING VESSEL. THE VESSEL CONTAINED A DILUTE CAUSTIC SOLUTION HEATED TO 115 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. THE OPENING TO THE MIXING VESSEL IS LOCATED ON THE SECOND LEVEL OF POLYMER PLANT "A". THE CAUSTIC WAS CONTAINED IN A 35 GALLON OPEN-HEAD DRUM. THE TWO EMPLOYEES LIFTED THE DRUM AND DUMPED IT'S ENTIRE CONTENTS INTO THE VESSEL. A SPONTANEOUS REACTION OCCURRED, BLOWING THE MATERIAL OUT OF THE VESSEL ONTO EMPLOYEES #1 AND #2. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS CLOSEST TO THE VESSEL OPENING AND RECEIVED CHEMICAL BURNS OVER 40% OF HIS BODY. EMPLOYEE #2 WAS BURNED OVER 20% OF HIS BODY. PROPER INSTRUCTION IN THE HANDLING OF SOLID CAUSTIC HAD NOT BEEN GIVEN TO EITHER OF THE EMPLOYEES.
Keywords: burn, sodium hydroxide, chemical reaction, chemical burn, untrained, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15333669 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Chemical technicians
2 15333669 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Chemical technicians

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