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Accident: 200230225 - Employee Killed In Explosion Of Chemical Storage Tank

Accident: 200230225 -- Report ID: 1032500 -- Event Date: 04/03/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30020385804/03/19972879Sundance Ag, Inc.
Employee #1, a plant operator, climbed atop a storage tank to install bolts that were missing from its manhole cover. The tank contained sodium N-methyldithiocarbamate, which is comprised of carbon disulfide, monomethylamine, and sodium hydroxide. Welders were also working in the area, grinding and welding. Employee #1 later climbed back to the manhole cover and was observed spraying it with water from a water-type pressurized fire extinguisher. This generated a hissing noise, and the tank then exploded. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: maintenance, sodium hydroxide, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, storage tank, explosion, chemical reaction, chemical vapor, carbon disulfide, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300203858 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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