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Accident: 802181 - Three Employees Injured When Tank Explodes

Accident: 802181 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 04/18/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12647751204/17/19962261Santee Print Works
Employees #1, #2, and #3, a printer, inspector, and rotary operator, respectively, at a large textile finishing mill, were in an area with a 160 gallon capacity stainless steel tank containing 50 percent hydrogen peroxide used in the bleaching process. Apparently, the tank had become contaminated and had been sitting half-full and idle for a week when it exploded. All three employees were struck by flying debris. Employee #1 suffered leg fractures, Employee #2 sustained foot lacerations, and Employee #3 sustained puncture wounds on his hands. The source of contamination and the cause of the rupture could not be determined from the evidence that remained after the explosion. The tank had one feed line, a dispensing line going in, and an overflow vent on top. This bleaching process had been in production for a year.
Keywords: fracture, hydrogen peroxide, work rules, explosion, laceration, chemical reaction, struck by, flying object, tank, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126477512 Hospitalized injury Fracture Miscellaneous textile machine operators
2 126477512 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Production inspectors, checkers and examiners
3 126477512 Hospitalized injury Puncture Miscellaneous textile machine operators

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