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Accident: 170167779 - Employee Burned When Steam Escapes From Vat

Accident: 170167779 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 04/15/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12590670106/04/19973399Gemini Industries Inc
Employee #1 was attending a large fiberglass vat into which oil refinery catalyst, water, soda ash, steam, and formic acid had been added. The mixture was then agitated to reduce it and to recover palladium and platinum. He was leaving the vat to take his afternoon break when he turned and saw the material being forced out the top. He returned to the vat and was injured by the escaping steam. Employee #1 sustained burns over 35 percent of his body, including his face, upper arms, and foot.
Keywords: burn, steam, chemical reaction, high pressure, arm, face, pressure release, foot, high temperature
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125906701 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Separating, filtering & clarifying mach. operators

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