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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 2273910 - National Starch And Chemical Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Parsippany

Nr: 2273910Report ID: 0214200Open Date: 10/10/1986

National Starch And Chemical Corporation
225 Belleville Avenue
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Union Status: Union
SIC: 2891/Adhesives and Sealants

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:10/30/1986
Close Case:02/05/1987

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360663470    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $420 $0 $0 $0 $0 $420
Current Penalty $315 $0 $0 $0 $0 $315
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100106 H07 IA 12/16/1986 12/22/1986 $315 $420 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14480602Event: 10/08/1986Explosion And Fire In Reactor Being Cleaned; Workers Hurt
ON OCTOBER 8, 1986, EMPLOYEES #1 AND #2 BEGAN TO WASH OUT A HORIZONTAL CYLINDRICAL REACTOR VESSEL, 8 FEET BY 8 FEET. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS WORKING FROM A PLATFORM LOCATED 13 FEET ABOVE THE FLOOR. EMPLOYEE #2 LIFTED A 55 GALLON DRUM CONTAINING ABOUT 30 GALLONS OF TOLUENE ONTO THE PLATFORM. EMPLOYEE #1 THEN POURED THE TOLUENE THROUGH A FUNNEL DIRECTLY INTO THE VESSEL. THERE WAS A SUDDEN FIRE AND EXPLOSION, CAUSING EMPLOYEE #1 TO JUMP FROM THE PLATFORM AND BREAK HIS LEG. EMPLOYEE #2 DRAGGED EMPLOYEE #1, NOW BADLY BURNED AND UNABLE TO WALK, OUT OF THE BUILDING. BOTH EMPLOYEES WERE HOSPITALIZED. THE FIRE AND EXPLOSION WAS CAUSED BY STATIC ELECTRICITY GENERATED BY THE FREE FALL OF LIQUID TOLUENE INTO THE VESSEL CONTAINING A COMBUSTIBLE MIXTURE.
Keywords: burn, fracture, static electricity, pressure vessel, cleaning, fire, explosion, combustible liquid, fall, chemical
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 2273910 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported
2 2273910 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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