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Accident: 201951407 - Employee Dies From Burns While Inspecting Mixture In Vessel

Accident: 201951407 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 02/22/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30248262502/22/19992672Miami Wabash Paper Llc
At approximately 12:30 a.m. on February 22, 1999, Employee #1, a supervisor, died from third-degree burns over half of his body while making a visual inspection of a vessel holding a silver coating mixture. As he was inspecting the silver mixture, the mixture erupted from the vessel, exposing Employee #1 to large amounts of steam and hot silver coating. Shortly after the explosion, the ceiling sprinkler system turned on. Employee #1 exited the vessel inspection platform under his own power, where he was immediately looked after by two other employees until emergency personnel arrived to air lift him to a local hospital. Employee #1 was in critical condition for 66 days until his death on April 18, 1999.
Keywords: burn, chemical vessel, explosion, chemical reaction, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302482625 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors, production occupations

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