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Accident: 802116 - Two Employees Injured In Chemical Explosion

Accident: 802116 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 05/27/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12048755806/02/19932869R-M Industries, Inc.
An explosion occurred in the Dowtherm still reactor used in solvent recovery. Employees #1 and #2 were working at least 55 to 80 ft away from the epicenter of the explosion or in other areas of the plant. Employee #1 was in the process of emergency escape and Employee #2 was reportedly on a ladder and was thrown to the ground. The explosion occurred because of an unexplained temperature increase during the process. The only relief, a 25-psi rupture disk, blew during efforts to control the chemical reaction. The column and the condensor blew away from the reactor and the manway was separated from the system.
Keywords: reactor, ladder, rupture, explosion, chemical reaction, fall, high temperature
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120487558 Non Hospitalized injury Other Crushing and grinding machine operators
2 120487558 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Separating, filtering & clarifying mach. operators

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