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Inspection Detail

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
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 890032 D B 01/02/1991 01/18/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 890032 D C00002 01/02/1991 01/18/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 01003 Other 890032 E A 01/02/1991 01/18/1991 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 879197 Event: 10/29/1990Employee Burned In Chemical Explosion
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on October 30, 1990, Employee #1 was quenching 200 to 300 grams of sodium metal that were immersed in several milliliters of "hexoneanol" inside a double walled glass reactor. In order to convert the sodium metal to a safer material for disposal, methanol had to be added in 5-ml quantities. The experiment was performed within a fume hood located in the extreme northeastern section of a chemistry lab. Seconds after the methanol was added, shortly after 4:00 p.m., an explosion occurred. Employee #1 sustained second-degree burns to his face and third-degree burns to his right hand and ears, for which he was hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, fire, explosion, chemical reaction, testing lab, chemical
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 104435888 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Metallurgical and materials engineers

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