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Accident: 202344248 - Five Employees Are Hospitalized After Chlorine Exposure

Accident: 202344248 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 10/03/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30701430810/03/20032819Chemical Formulators, Inc.
Railcars containing chlorine were connected by manifolds to a bleach manufacturing process as well as to a chlorine repackaging process where 1-ton cylinders and 150-pound cylinders were filled for sale to customers. The manifolds were equipped with air and electric operated valves. The compressed air was introducing debris into the system which caused the actuators to stick and prevent the valves from closing. Employees #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5 were hospitalized as a result of a chlorine release. The investigation revealed that the employer did not fully implement the Process Safety Management requirements by conducting a detailed and complete process hazard analysis.
Keywords: cylinder, railroad car, chlorine, process safety, overexposure, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307014308 Hospitalized injury Other Managers and administrators, n.e.c
2 307014308 Hospitalized injury Other Painters, construction and maintenance
3 307014308 Hospitalized injury Other Administrative support occupations, n.e.c.
4 307014308 Hospitalized injury Other Administrative support occupations, n.e.c.
5 307014308 Hospitalized injury Other Administrative support occupations, n.e.c.

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