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Accident: 201770948 - Two Employees Burned And One Injured In Explosion

Accident: 201770948 -- Report ID: 0213900 -- Event Date: 03/23/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30271434003/23/20002834Ganes Chemical
Three chemical operators were loading an intermediate pharmacological product from FIBC drums into a vacuum drier. The product was wet with residual heptane. After loading the first drum into the drier, a static discharge occurred inside the drier and ignited the heptane vapors. Employees #1 and #2 received 2nd and 3rd degree burns to the face, head, hands, and forearms. Employee #3 was knocked off a flight of stairs and received minor contusions. Employees #1 and #2 were hospitalized. Further investigation revealed that there was insufficient nitrogen in the drier and this allowed the vapor and oxygen mixture to reach the flammable range and ignite.
Keywords: burn, head, machinist, forearm, explosion, heptane, face, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302714340 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Separating, filtering & clarifying mach. operators
2 302714340 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Separating, filtering & clarifying mach. operators
3 302714340 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Separating, filtering & clarifying mach. operators

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