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Accident: 96599.015 - Employee Is Burned By A Hydrogen Fire When A Seal Failed

Accident: 96599.015 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 04/08/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1242420.01504/18/2017Iowa Fertilizer Company
At 4:00 a.m. on April 8, 2017, an employee was performing minor maintenance by tightening a tube on the back of a flow transmitter. A swagelock that was not properly seated during the installation was dislodged during maintenance activities. This liberated pure hydrogen which immediately ignited. The ignition caused burn injuries to the hands and head of the employee.
Keywords: burn, hydrogen, explosion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1242420.015 52 M Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical)

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