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Accident: 170161236 - Employee Scalded By Hot Liquid While Clearing Blockage

Accident: 170161236 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 01/10/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11201285101/29/19912869Kelco
AT ABOUT 8:30 AM ON JANUARY 10, 1990, EMPLOYEE #1 AND ANOTHER CO-WORKER WERE TRYING TO UNCLOG A 2-INCH DIAMETER PIPE (SCHED. 80 PVC) THAT WAS TRANSPORTING ALGINIC ACID LIQUOR (PH 7-8) UNDER PRESSURE. THE LIQUOR IS NORMALLY COOL; HOWEVER, THE SAME CHEMICAL MALFUNCTION THAT CAUSED THE PIPE TO CLOG ALSO SENT 120- TO 130-DEGREES FAHRENHEIT LIQUOR THROUGH SYSTEM. THE PIPE CONNECTIONS WERE LOOSE ENOUGH THAT THE EMPLOYEE COULD DISPLACE THE PIPE ABOUT 5 TO 6 INCHES AND STRIKE IT AGAINST A TANK TO SHAKE LOOSE THE OBSTRUCTION. THE THREADED JOINT SEPARATED AND A JET OF HOT LIQUOR HIT EMPLOYEE #1 IN THE CHEST. HIS BACK WAS ALSO SCALDED WHEN HE TURNED TO ESCAPE.
Keywords: burn, chest, back, clogged, pressure piping, pipe, accidental discharge
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112012851 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Miscellaneous plant and system operators

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