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Accident: 996868 - Employees Killed And Hospitalized Due To Chemical Exposure

Accident: 996868 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 08/01/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10792393008/03/19893743Union Tank Car Flt. Opers. Whtg. Rk. Pt.&Mbl. Unit
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10792392208/03/19892911Amoco Whiting Lube Plant
Two railcar repairmen were tasked to clean the inside of a tank car which had previously contained mineral oil. As they were working, they were overcome by chemical vapors building up inside the tank car. A third employee noticed Employees #1 and #2 unconscious inside the tank car and notified the fire brigade and rescuers. Both employees were taken to the hospital. Employee #1 died and Employee #2 was hospitalized due to burns of the respiratory tract.
Keywords: respiratory, toxic atmosphere, chemical burn, burn, confined space, chemical reaction, chemical vapor
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107923930 Fatality Asphyxia Helpers, mechanics and repairers
2 107923930 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Helpers, mechanics and repairers
3 107923922 Occupation Not Listed

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