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Accident: 802298 - Employees Suffer Minor Burns From Escaping Vapors

Accident: 802298 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 07/20/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10784332808/01/19903511General Electric Company
Employees #1, #2, and #3 were working around a 1,1,1-trichloroethane turbine blade cleaning tank containing 30 to 60 percent 1,1,1-tricholorethane and more than 60 percent oliphatic petroleum distillates. A turbo cleaner liquid was added to the tank instead of the 100 percent 1,1,1-trichloroethane that was supposed to be added. The employees noticed vapors (most likely hydrochloric acid as a result of the incorrect addition) escaping from the tank. They experienced minor nose and throat burns.
Keywords: burn, throat, trichloroethane, hydrochloric acid, nose, chemical reaction, toxic fumes, tank, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107843328 Non Hospitalized injury Other Misc. metal,plastic,stone&glass-working mach. op's
2 107843328 Non Hospitalized injury Other Misc. metal,plastic,stone&glass-working mach. op's
3 107843328 Non Hospitalized injury Other Misc. metal,plastic,stone&glass-working mach. op's

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