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Accident: 852376 - Employees Burned, One Later Dies, In Vapor Explosion

Accident: 852376 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 04/18/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10301928704/19/19902899Ppg Industries
On April 18, 1990, during distillation of a chemical herbicide, a runaway reaction occurred. Vapors were released through an air vent and were ignited, causing an explosion and fire. Employees #1 and #2 were seriously burned and transferred to the hospital. On May 4, 1990, Employee #1 died.
Keywords: burn, flammable vapors, fire, explosion, chemical reaction, pesticide
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103019287 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 103019287 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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