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Accident: 699603 - Employee Killed In Drum Explosion

Accident: 699603 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 10/07/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10259543610/10/19952899Spring Grove Resource Recovery Inc.
On October 7, 1995, Employee #1, a supervisor, attempted to move a drum that had been labeled as nonhazardous waste by his employer. The drum exploded and started a fire. Employee #1 died of second- and third-degree burns that covered over 50 percent of his body, as well as severe trauma to both legs. The manifest received by the employer for this drum of waste material indicated that it contained azides. When the employer analyzed a sample of the drum contents for basic characteristics, the presence of water, acid, and a horrible odor were noted. It is quite possible that sodium azide reacted with the acidic aqueous solution to form hydrazoic acid, which has a horrible odor and is a dangerous, unstable, and explosive chemical compound.
Keywords: burn, work rules, drum, fire, explosion, chemical reaction, chemical, leg, warning sign
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102595436 Fatality Other Managers and administrators, n.e.c

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