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Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 8 9
Current Violations 1 8 9
Initial Penalty $2,000 $0 $0 $2,500 $0 $4,500
Current Penalty $2,000 $0 $0 $2,500 $0 $4,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01002 Other 3220 E03 12/19/1990 12/19/1990 $0 $0 $0 -
  2. 01003 Other 3221 A 12/19/1990 01/20/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 01004 Other 3221 D02 12/19/1990 12/19/1990 $0 $0 $0 -
  4. 01005 Other 5162 C 12/19/1990 01/20/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  5. 01006 Other 5162 D 12/19/1990 01/20/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  6. 01007 Other 6151 C04 12/19/1990 12/19/1990 $0 $0 $0 -
  7. 01008 Other 6151 E02 12/19/1990 01/20/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  8. 02001 Other 5162 E 12/19/1990 12/27/1990 $2,500 $2,500 $0 -
  9. 03001 Serious 5167 A 12/19/1990 12/27/1990 $2,000 $2,000 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170180061 Event: 10/31/1990Two Employees Burned When Ethanol Ignites
Employees #1 and #2 were carrying out a chemical reaction on an open lab countertop. This was a hydrogenation reaction starting with material dissolved in ethanol, using hydrogen, and with palladium as a catalyst. The mixture ignited in the beaker, either from contact with oxygen, or from the heat of the reaction with the hydrogen. The beaker exploded with a small "pop" and ethanol was propelled onto both employees. The ethanol ignited, and Employees #1 and #2 ran to the emergency shower in the hallway, only to have the chain come off in their hands. They finally were able to extinguish the flames in the second emergency shower, but not before suffering third-degree burns on their arms, torsos, and thighs. The employees had not carried out the reaction before with this amount of material.
Keywords: burn, hydrogen, flammable liquid, torso, equipment failure, ethanol, chemical reaction, arm, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 112063516 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Clinical Laboratory technologists and technicians
2 112063516 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Chemists, except biochemists

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