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Accident: 977181 - Explosion - Acetone Ignited By Circuit Breaker

Accident: 977181 -- Report ID: 0454725 -- Event Date: 07/27/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1842343408/07/19873999Aqua Glass Corporation
TWO EMPLOYEES WERE OPERATING A DISTILLER FOR REFINING USED ACETONE. THE DISTILLATION APPARATUS WAS LOCATED IN A BUILDING SEPARATE FROM THE MAIN MANUFACTURING FACILITY. FUMES FROM THE DISTILLATION PROCESS THAT HAD ACCUMULATED 6 TO 8 INCHES ABOVE THE SLUDGE BUCKET OF THE APPARATUS HAD SETTLED NEAR THE FLOOR. THESE FUMES WERE IGNITED BY AN ELECTRIC ARC FROM A CIRCUIT BREAKER. ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES, WHO WAS STANDING IN A DOORWAY, WAS KNOCKED OUTSIDE. THE OTHER EMPLOYEE WAS STANDING BEHIND THE CONTROL BOX FOR THE DISTILLER. BOTH EMPLOYEES RECEIVED BURNS ON THEIR HANDS AS A RESULT OF THE EXPLOSION AND WERE HOSPITALIZED FOR THEIR INJURIES.
Keywords: burn, electrical, e gi vii, distiller, acetone, explosion, circuit breaker, equipment approval
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18423434 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Machine operators, not specified
2 18423434 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Machine operators, not specified

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