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Accident: 200772614 - Employee Receives Burns From Hot Alkaline Solution

Accident: 200772614 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 03/10/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30609432702/11/20032087Kraft Foods-Woburn
On March 10, 2003, Employee #1 was adding concentrated sodium hydroxide powder to boiling water in enclosed tank. He poured the sodium hydroxide powder into the tank through a tank top hatch. The sodium hydroxide reacted violently with the water causing it to erupt out of the hatch and splash him. He was not wearing any personal protective equipment. The hot alkaline solution caused severe burns to his face, ears, torso, and legs. Emergency medical personnel were summoned and transported him to the hospital. At the hospital, he underwent burn care and treatment. He was hospitalized following the medical procedures for treating the burns with postoperative care.
Keywords: sodium hydroxide, ear, torso, chemical reaction, chemical burn, face, chemical, hot water, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306094327 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

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