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Accident: 170846984 - Two Employees Burned In Acid Explosion

Accident: 170846984 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 01/14/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11995592001/14/19978999Broco Environmental Inc
At approximately 11:15 a.m. on January 14, 1997, Employees #1 and #2 were in container bay #6, unpacking the contents of a metal 55-gallon lab pack drum received from a hazardous water generator, and packing them into a new lab pack drum. They were placing a glass container of picric acid into the new drum when the container exploded. Both employees suffered second- and third-degree burns to their faces, necks, and arms. In addition, they experienced severe eye irritation and Employee #2's arm was fractured when he was propelled by the blast into the wall of the contained bay. Employees #1 and #2 worked for a company that performed hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal operations.
Keywords: burn, explosion, chemical reaction, hazardous waste, arm, face, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 119955920

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