Powered by GoogleTranslate

Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Accident Report Detail

Accident: 201361862 - Three Employees Are Burned By Sulfuric Acid

Accident: 201361862 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 09/06/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30431540109/09/20022874Mississippi Phosphates Corp
On September 6, 2002, Employees #1, #2, and #3 worked on the inner stage turbine and pumps at a chemical plant that manufactured sulfuric acid. The plant was shut down for repairs. The acid flow was stopped and blocked off. The water that flowed in the tube side of the cooler was recirculated back to the cooling tower. Four tubes in the cooling tower leaked water at 30,000 gallons per minute to the acid side of the process. The weak acid mixture traveled to the tower on the acid side and into a conductive line (used to measure concentrations of the acid) to the 5,000-gallon storage tank of sulfuric acid, which was approximately 60 percent full. The addition of the water into the concentrated acid caused an exothermic reaction and the mixture was expelled from the acid tank onto the three employees. All three employees sustained chemical burns and were hospitalized.
Keywords: repair, work rules, back, chemical reaction, chemical burn, arm, face, sulfuric acid, chemical, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 304315401 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Machinery maintenance occupations
2 304315401 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Machinery maintenance occupations
3 304315401 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Machinery maintenance occupations

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.

Close