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Accident: 200040335 - One Killed, Four Injured In Chemical Tank Explosion

Accident: 200040335 -- Report ID: 0653510 -- Event Date: 08/06/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30226936008/10/19994952Professional Services Group Inc
On August 6, 1999, Employees #1 through #5 were present during a transfer operation involving sodium hypochlorite. A chemical reaction occurred between the sodium hypochlorite and an incompatible chemical, causing the tank to erupt. Employee #1 was killed. Employees #2 through #5 sustained injuries, for which Employees #2 and #3 were hospitalized.
Keywords: caustic, work rules, explosion, chemical reaction, chemical burn, skin, chemical vapor, tank, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302269360 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Water and sewage treatment plant operators
2 302269360 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Water and sewage treatment plant operators
3 302269360 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Water and sewage treatment plant operators
4 302269360 Fatality Burn(Chemical) Water and sewage treatment plant operators
5 302269360 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Water and sewage treatment plant operators

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