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Accident: 170577589 - Employees Injured In Boxcar Explosion

Accident: 170577589 -- Report ID: 0418600 -- Event Date: 05/20/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10598553505/20/19962819Hoechst Celanese Specialty Chemicals Group
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10610252805/20/19962819Hoechst Celanese Specialty Chemicals Group
Employees #1 through #3 and 14 coworkers, all fire fighters, were attempting to control or extinguish a burning boxcar. The boxcar contained 140,800 lb of sodium hydrosulfate that was stored in 32 bins, each weighing 4,400 lb. A fire started when one of the bins began to decompose. The fire fighters felt they had the situation under control when the boxcar exploded. Employees #1 through #3 sustained burns and injuries from flying debris.
Keywords: burn, firefighter, fire, railroad car, explosion, chemical reaction, boxcar, struck by, flying object, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105985535 Occupation not reported
2 106102528 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 106102528 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
4 106102528 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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