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Accident: 202344347 - Chemical Release Hospitalizes Four Employees

Accident: 202344347 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 09/30/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30700159410/01/20033273Krehling Industries, Inc.
At approximately 5:30 a.m. on September 30, 2003, a tanker truck driver mistakenly pumped approximately 10 gallons of phosphoric acid into a 1500-gallon capacity tank containing 400 gallons to 500 gallons of calcium nitrite at the plant's Slump Rack area. Within minutes, a violent exothermic reaction occurred which blew the top off of the tank releasing a large brown vapor cloud. Four employees were exposed and suffered respiratory difficulties and minor burns. All four employees were hospitalized.
Keywords: delivery work, respiratory, tank truck, chemical reaction, chemical burn, chemical vapor, chemical, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307001594 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 307001594 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 307001594 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 307001594 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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