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Accident: 170387138 - One Employee Killed, Six Injured In Ethylene Oxide Explosion

Accident: 170387138 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 06/24/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12539169806/25/19977389Accra Pac, Inc.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on or about June 24, 1997, a coworker of Employee #1 was filling 100 gram aluminum canisters with ethylene oxide (eto) gas that was being pumped from a scale house to a gas house. The eto gas went into a Grayco pump whose pressure rose from approximately 60 psi to 600 psi, and then to an under-the-cup gasser where the canisters were filled. After taking a break, the coworker went back to the gas house and discovered an alarm warning of a gas leak. An explosion occurred as he was leaving the building. The force of the blast blew off the north door of the gas house, which then struck with the door of the production plant. Both doors flew into the plant, striking and killing Employee #1. Employees #2 through #7 were hospitalized for exposure to chemical fumes. Twenty other workers were sent to the hospital for observation.
Keywords: leak, ethylene oxide, work rules, inhalation, explosion, gas leak, struck by, chemical vapor, flying object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125391698 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 125391698 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 125391698 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 125391698 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported
5 125391698 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
6 125391698 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
7 125391698 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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