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Accident: 170358857 - Ten Employees Injured In Chemical Explosion And Fire

Accident: 170358857 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 12/21/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12012099312/21/19941629Ist Mechanical Corp
At approximately 3:15 p.m. on October 19, 1994, Employees #1 through #10 and three coworkers were engaged in mechanical repairs and maintenance in and around the alkylation and catalytic hydro-desulfurization units. The employer and the onsite employer removed the lockout/tagout devices from the isolation locations for the 11C-10 coalescer. The onsite employer was putting the coalescer in service when there was a hydrocarbon release which resulted in an explosion and flash fire. Employees #1 through #4, #6, and #7 suffered burns to their faces, arms, and hands. Employees #5 and #7 suffered respiratory distress. Employees #9 and #10 and the three coworkers sustained various injuries, including cuts, back problems, and a head injury. All the employees were hospitalized for treatment.
Keywords: burn, respiratory, work rules, fire, construction, inhalation, lockout, explosion, chemical reaction, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120120993 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters
2 120120993 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters
3 120120993 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters
4 120120993 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices
5 120120993 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Welders and cutters
6 120120993 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters
7 120120993 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices
8 120120993 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction trades, n.e.c.
9 120120993 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Construction trades, n.e.c.
10 120120993 Hospitalized injury Other Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters

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