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Accident: 510362 - Employee Burned When Methanol Fumes Ignite

Accident: 510362 -- Report ID: 1054111 -- Event Date: 04/17/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30123698004/11/19972833Lacamas Laboratories Inc
Employee #1 was cleaning a reactor used to prepare 1,1-dimethyl-3-pyrodinyl carbonate in which a nickel catalyst was used. He opened the manway to rinse the reactor with methanol, exposing some of the nickel to the air. The nickel sparked and ignited the methanol fumes. Employee #1 sustained second- and third-degree burns in the resulting fire. The employer was cited for numerous violations, including inadequate training and confined space regulations.
Keywords: burn, methyl alcohol, reactor, flammable vapors, work rules, cleaning, fire, chemical reaction, spark, combustible dust
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301236980 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Chemical technicians

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