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Accident: 170831119 - Employee'S Eyes Injured When Methanol Drum Explodes

Accident: 170831119 -- Report ID: 0352450 -- Event Date: 10/07/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12737644010/09/19965984Suburban Sales & Services, Inc.
Employee #1 and coworkers were filling a 55-gallon drum from an aboveground 1,000 gallon tank of methanol. The drum failed and exploded, and Employee #1 suffered eye injuries. The plastic drum had been stored outside and exposed to the elements and to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Employee #1 was not wearing adequate eye protection.
Keywords: eye, methyl alcohol, ppe, work rules, drum, explosion, high pressure, struck by, tank, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 127376440 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Material recording, sched'g & distr. clerks n.e.c.

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