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Accident: 170199566 - Employee'S Foot Burned By Hot Corrosive Liquid In Sump

Accident: 170199566 -- Report ID: 0950626 -- Event Date: 02/13/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11212270002/26/19922819Imperial West Chemical
Employee #1 was checking the content level of the storage tanks at the Imperial West Chemical facility, Mojave, CA, when he stepped into a 2 ft deep sump. The sump contained hydrochloric acid and ferrous and ferric chloride at 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The sump had overflowed due to rain, and the fiberglass grating had floated away from atop the sump. Employee #1 could not see that the grating was not in place due to the murky liquid. When he stepped into the sump, his boot filled with the corrosive liquid. Employee #1 sustained first- and second-degree chemical burns to his left foot and leg.
Keywords: hydrochloric acid, sump tank, grating, corrosive, chemical burn, unguarded, chemical, high temperature, leg, poor visibility
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112122700 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Miscellaneous plant and system operators

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