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Accident: 902106 - Twelve Employees Suffer Exposure In Chemical Release

Accident: 902106 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 05/09/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10860499205/24/19909224Wea Volunteer Fire Department
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10860497605/24/19904212Lcl Transit Co.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10860499205/24/19909224Wea Volunteer Fire Department
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10860494305/11/19905149A E Staley Manufacturing Co
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10860498405/24/19909224Lafayette Fire Department #7
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10860515505/26/19901799Brownly And Hayes, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10860498405/24/19909224Lafayette Fire Department #7
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10860494305/11/19905149A E Staley Manufacturing Co
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10860499205/24/19909224Wea Volunteer Fire Department
On Wednesday May 9, 1990, high winds damaged the A.E. Staley plant and resulted in a valve being sheared from a 7,500 gallon tank of sulfur dioxide. Approximately 4,000 gallons were released. Approximately 23 contractors in adjacent areas to the tank had smelled an odor and left the building when it became intolerable. Four contracted employees, Employees #3, #4, #11, and #12, were treated for exposure. Staley Employees #1 and #2 were also treated. Employee #1 was reporting to his supervisor after hearing of the problem from the contractors and Employee #2 was in the recreational facility north of the plant. The evacuation alarm was sounded a few minutes after the contractors evacuated. Employees #5 through #10, fire fighters, were exposed on the road north of the plant while responding. Staley did not permit the fire fighters on the site.
Keywords: firefighter, high wind, broken weld, accidental discharge, inhalation, sulfur dioxide, overexposure, spill
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108604992 Non Hospitalized injury Other Firefighting occupations
2 108604976 Non Hospitalized injury Other Truck drivers, heavy
3 108604976 Hospitalized injury Other Truck drivers, heavy
4 108604992 Non Hospitalized injury Other Firefighting occupations
5 108604943 Hospitalized injury Other Production helpers
6 108604984 Non Hospitalized injury Other Firefighting occupations
7 108605155 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
8 108605155 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
9 108604984 Non Hospitalized injury Other Firefighting occupations
10 108604984 Non Hospitalized injury Other Firefighting occupations
11 108604943 Non Hospitalized injury Other Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.
12 108604992 Non Hospitalized injury Other Firefighting occupations

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