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Accident: 910471 - Employees Killed, Other Injured In Explosion

Accident: 910471 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 03/24/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12048123903/25/19931629Yeargin, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12046916803/25/19932821Carolina Eastman Division
A partially completed, electrically controlled supply line from a holding tank to a mixing tank was filled with dry terephthalic acid (TPA) up to a closed valve. Employees were assigned to cut out a section of steel grate above the mixing tank for access. The cut was being made with an air arc gauge with Plasmarc and Mappgas. The tank was under the supply line. The valve was inadvertently opened, releasing TPA dust into the atmosphere where the cutting was conducted. This caused an explosion and fire, in which Employees #1 and #2 were killed and two others injured.
Keywords: work rules, explosion, valve, combustible dust, burn, fire, construction, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120481239 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction trades, n.e.c.
2 120481239 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction trades, n.e.c.
3 120469168 Occupation Not Listed

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