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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 170361372 - Three Employees Burned While Pumping Waste Creosote

Accident: 170361372 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 07/22/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12566503410/24/19971799Alliance Environmental Services
On July 22, 1997, Employees #1 through #3, of Koopers Wood Treatment Plant, had been hired by a company involved in HAZMAT site remediation. They were removing waste creosote from a 10, 000 gal tank and pumping it into 55 gal drums where it was solidified by mixing it with cat litter. Employee #1 was responsible for capping the drums once they filled and ready for disposal in a landfill. Employees #2 and #3 had gone into the large tank to install pumps and hoses for pumping out the creosote. During the operation, Employee #1 sustained chemical burns to his arms, and Employees #2 and #3 sustained chemical burns to their arms, necks, and faces. Employee #1 was treated by his personal doctor; Employees #2 and #3 did not seek treatment. All three workers were wearing appropriate body protection before beginning work. Although exposure to sunlight worsened their burns, no work time was lost.
Keywords: work rules, creosote, hazardous waste, chemical burn, neck, skin, spill, arm, face, chemical
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Refinery Other $50,000 to $250,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125665034 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Chemical technicians FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite
FatCause: Other
2 125665034 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Chemical technicians FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite
FatCause: Other
3 125665034 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Chemical technicians FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite
FatCause: Other

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