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Inspection: 15333669 - Abco Industries, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv

Nr: 15333669Report ID: 0454510Open Date: 02/22/1985

Abco Industries, Inc.
Railroad Road
Roebuck, SC 29376
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2869/Industrial Organic Chemicals, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: Railroad Road, Roebuck, SC 29376

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:04/08/1985
Planning Guide: Health-Manufacturing Close Case:05/14/1985

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360598643    

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14566855Event: 02/20/1985Burned From Exposure To Sodium Hydroxide
ON FEBRUARY 20, 1985, TWO EMPLOYEES WERE ADDING DRY CAUSTIC (SODIUM HYDROXIDE) TO A 1,500 GALLON MIXING VESSEL. THE VESSEL CONTAINED A DILUTE CAUSTIC SOLUTION HEATED TO 115 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. THE OPENING TO THE MIXING VESSEL IS LOCATED ON THE SECOND LEVEL OF POLYMER PLANT "A". THE CAUSTIC WAS CONTAINED IN A 35 GALLON OPEN-HEAD DRUM. THE TWO EMPLOYEES LIFTED THE DRUM AND DUMPED IT'S ENTIRE CONTENTS INTO THE VESSEL. A SPONTANEOUS REACTION OCCURRED, BLOWING THE MATERIAL OUT OF THE VESSEL ONTO EMPLOYEES #1 AND #2. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS CLOSEST TO THE VESSEL OPENING AND RECEIVED CHEMICAL BURNS OVER 40% OF HIS BODY. EMPLOYEE #2 WAS BURNED OVER 20% OF HIS BODY. PROPER INSTRUCTION IN THE HANDLING OF SOLID CAUSTIC HAD NOT BEEN GIVEN TO EITHER OF THE EMPLOYEES.
Keywords: burn, sodium hydroxide, chemical reaction, chemical burn, untrained, chemical
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 15333669 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Chemical technicians
2 15333669 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Chemical technicians

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