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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 108768961 - Long Reach Manufacturing, Co.

Inspection Information - Office: Houston South

Nr: 108768961Report ID: 0626700Open Date: 12/04/1991

Long Reach Manufacturing, Co.
12,300 Amelia Drive
Houston, TX 77045
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3443/Fabricated Plate Work (Boiler Shops)

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/04/1991
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:12/04/1991

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361142938    

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 556530Event: 12/04/1991Employees Injured When Exposed To Toxic Vapors
A COMPANY UNIT WAS REPROCESSING RESIDUAL FUEL OIL, A BYPRODUCT OIL MIXTURE. IN THIS PROCESS, THE RESIDUAL FUEL OIL IS REACTED WITH SULFURIC ACID AND WATER TO TAKE SODA ASH AND OTHER IMPURITIES OUT OF THE OIL. A REACTION WAS STARTED IN A 10,000-GALLON PROCESSING TANK. WHEN THE REACTION STARTED, A PROCESS UPSET OCCURRED, CAUSING AN OVERPRESSURIZATION OF THE TANK AND A VAPOR CLOUD RELEASE. THE TOXIC VAPOR CLOUD DRIFTED 500 FEET TO THE SITE OF AN ONGOING INSPECTION AND AFFECTED EMPLOYEES #1 THROUGH #17 WHO WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER SUFFERING HEADACHES, NAUSEA, AND BURNING EYES. EMPLOYEES #1 THROUGH #17 WERE RELEASED THAT AFTERNOON AFTER TREATMENT AND OBSERVATION.
Keywords: fuel oil, air contamination, process safety, toxic fumes, overexposure, vapor, headache, nausea, accidental discharge, pressure release
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