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Accident: 200552198 - Employee Dies When Reactor Explodes

Accident: 200552198 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 02/12/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30447499202/12/20022819Shell Chemical Lp
At approximately 8:07 a.m. on February 12, 2002, Employee #1, a process technician, was working on the third level of the ID-2 Unit. He was standing in front of the man way at the top level of the reactor washing out catalyst that remained at the bottom. As he sprayed water from a fire hose onto the catalyst (Sodium Potassium Alloy-NaK), a fire and explosion occurred. The shock wave from the detonation propagated vertically through the reactor throwing him upward into the superstructure of the processing unit. Employee #1 died.
Keywords: reactor, fire, explosion, chemical reaction, struck by, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 304474992 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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