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Inspection: 101820652 - Exxon Chemical Americas

Inspection Information - Office: Baton Rouge

Nr: 101820652Report ID: 0625700Open Date: 01/16/1987

Exxon Chemical Americas
4999 Scenic Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
Union Status: Union
SIC: 2869/Industrial Organic Chemicals, Not Elsewhere Classified

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/28/1987
Close Case:11/23/1988

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360135016    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 19040002 A 02/19/1987 04/06/1987 $0 $0 $0 -
Deleted 2. 01002 Other 19101200 F01 II 02/19/1987 04/06/1987 $0 $0 $0 03/12/1987 R - Review Commission

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14390967Event: 01/15/1987One Employee Killed, Two Injured During Reactor Repair
Employees #1 through #3 were in the vicinity while a crew of seven contract mechanics under the supervision of three refinery workers were using a crane to remove a reactor head from a plugged reactor in a crude alcohol refining unit. A nitrogen purge of approximately 300 psi was being used to maintain an inert atmosphere inside the 41 in. diameter by 40 ft tall reactor. The nitrogen was inadequately vented, and after the bolts on the reactor head had been removed, the pressure built up and blew the head off the reactor as it was being lifted. The 11-ton head fell onto Employee #1, killing him. Distribution trays and catalyst material were blown out of the top of the reactor, striking and injuring Employees #2 and #3. Seven coworkers were also hospitalized after being struck by the flying debris.
Keywords: venting, nitrogen, clogged, crushed, explosion, high pressure, struck by, flying object, pressure release, refinery
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 101820652 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported
2 101820652 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported
3 101820652 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Occupation not reported

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