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Accident: 200901734 - Employee Is Killed When Splashed By Hot Oil

Accident: 200901734 -- Report ID: 0418400 -- Event Date: 06/06/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30741044901/18/20062861Arizona Chemical Co.
On June 6, 2005, Employee #1 went to drain water from the bottom of a tank car. The tank car contained crude tall oil and was connected on June 4, 2005 to a steam hose that operated at 130 pounds per square inch and between 310 and 340 degrees Fahrenheit. This process is used to heat the crude tall oil to separate the water out. The top manhole was unlatched and slightly opened for venting. When Employee #1 opened the drain valve on the bottom of the tank car, crude tall oil erupted out of the top man hole and splashed on him. He received severe burns over his body and died.
Keywords: burn, heat, railroad tank car, railroad car, lubricating fluid, back, struck by, tank, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307410449 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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