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Accident: 200740330 - Five Employees Suffer Effects From Heat Exchanger Explosion

Accident: 200740330 -- Report ID: 0213100 -- Event Date: 05/09/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30200367805/09/19982819Degussa Corporation
Employees #1 through #5 were working in another area of the facility when an overpressurized heat exchanger/cooling unit exploded. Although they were not in the immediate vicinity, they were taken to the hospital with injuries that included ringing in their ears, elevated blood pressure, particles in their eyes, and injuries to their feet suffered as they descended the stairs when exiting the building. None of these injuries was a direct result of the explosion.
Keywords: eye, dust, ear, explosion, hearing loss, heat exchanger, high pressure, pressure release, foot
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302003678 Hospitalized injury Hearing Loss Occupation not reported
2 302003678 Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Occupation not reported
3 302003678 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 302003678 Hospitalized injury Foreign Body Ineye Occupation not reported
5 302003678 Hospitalized injury Foreign Body Ineye Occupation not reported

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