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Accident: 170570907 - Employee Burned In Chemical Explosion

Accident: 170570907 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 05/09/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12646762005/09/19952869Holly Oak Chemical, Inc.
Employee #1 was performing his normal job duties as a chemical operator, operating a 20 ft tall reactor. The primary chemical, 2-ethylhexanol, had been piped into the reactor. Phosphoric anhydride (powder form) had been dumped into the reactor by hand through a 20 in. hatch. Hydrogen peroxide was then added, and a flash fire resulted. Employee #1 suffered chemical burns from the explosion and required hospitalization.
Keywords: reactor, hydrogen peroxide, work rules, fire, explosion, chemical reaction, chemical burn
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126467620 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Chemical technicians

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