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Accident: 200040830 - Six Employees Injured In Refinery Explosion

Accident: 200040830 -- Report ID: 0653510 -- Event Date: 04/08/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30712309104/09/20042911Giant Refining Company
Six maintenance workers were preparing to replace a seal on a steam pump in the refinery's hydrofluoric acid alkylation unit. As one of the workers removed the pump casing, highly flammable petroleum components were released, formed a liquid and vapor cloud that ignited. Employees #1 and #2 sustained concussions and were treated at the scene. Employees #3 through #6 sustained serious burns and other injuries, and were hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, maintenance, flammable vapors, hydrofluoric acid, steam, explosion, seal, concussion, pump, refinery
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307123091 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Machinery maintenance occupations
2 307123091 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Machinery maintenance occupations
3 307123091 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Management related occupations, n.e.c.
4 307123091 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Machinery maintenance occupations
5 307123091 Non Hospitalized injury Concussion Machinery maintenance occupations
6 307123091 Non Hospitalized injury Concussion Machinery maintenance occupations

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