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Accident: 700468 - Employees Injured When Exposed To Toxic Gas

Accident: 700468 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 10/23/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30478010910/23/20013471Hohman Plating And Mfg., Inc.
On October 23, 2001, Employee #1 pumped 300 gallons of 20 degree Baume Hydrochloric Acid into a 2,700 gallon capacity tank containing alkaline cyanide solution. The ensuing chemical reaction caused the release of toxic hydrogen cyanide gas. Further, the heat liberated by the reaction caused liquid to erupt out the top of the waste cyanide tank. Employee #1 lost consciousness and fell to the floor. Coworkers carried him out of the building. Twenty workers were taken to the hospital, and fifteen were treated and released. Employees #1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 were hospitalized.
Keywords: hydrochloric acid, toxic atmosphere, chemical reaction, chemical vapor, toxic fumes, tank, cyanide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 304780109 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Chemical technicians
2 304780109 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Chemical technicians
3 304780109 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Chemical technicians
4 304780109 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Chemical technicians
5 304780109 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Chemical technicians

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