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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 125763680 - Dow Chemical Company

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Concord (Psm N.)

Nr: 125763680Report ID: 0950627Open Date: 06/30/2005

Dow Chemical Company
901 Loveridge Road
Pittsburg, CA 94565
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2869/Industrial Organic Chemicals, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 325110/Petrochemical Manufacturing

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:12/16/2005
Close Case:04/21/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $18,000
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $18,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5189 F01 A 12/16/2005 12/29/2005 $18,000 $18,000 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201488178Event: 06/29/2005Two Employees Are Exposed To Chlorine Gas From Pipeline
On June 29, 2005, Employee #1 was involved in the following the maintenance activities in the Chloropyridines Complex at the employer's chemical manufacturing facility. Employee #1 was returning a reactor vessel to service. He was attempting to do a pressure and leak pipeline test using chlorine gas. The pipeline was supposed to be pressure tested with nitrogen gas during the previous shift. During the test Employee #1 noticed that a valve leading from the reactor vessel was closed. When Employee #1 opened the valve, chlorine gas began to escape from a loose downstream flange. About 180 pounds of chlorine was released. Employee #1 returned to close the valve without donning respiratory protection and inhaled chlorine gas. Employee #1 was hospitalized for more than 24 hours for acute chemical exposure. Employee #2, a contractor employee, was escaping from the released chlorine gas and suffered an asthma attack. Employee #2 was treated and released the same day.
Keywords: leak, lung, maintenance, reactor, chemical vessel, inhalation, gas, chlorine, pipeline, chemical
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 125763680 Non Hospitalized injury Other Laborers, except construction
2 125763680 Hospitalized injury Other Chemical technicians

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