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Accident: 200820058 - Employee Exposed To Chemical When Vent Line Ruptures

Accident: 200820058 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 05/16/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12230827305/16/19952821Reichhold Chemicals, Inc.
Flame from an incinerator impinged a nearby tank, causing a vapor release of dicyclo pentadiene through the ruptured disk. At the same time, a loose plug on a flow meter caused an overcharge of water to a polyester resin reactor. The reaction went out of control, overheated, and released vapor and material through a ruptured disk. The vent line above the ruptured disk separated, causing a mixture of dicyclo pentadiene and maleic anhydride to be spewed into the building.
Keywords: leak, vapor, ventilation, fire, rupture, tank, accidental discharge, chemical, high temperature
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 122308273

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