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Inspection: 302003678 - Degussa Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Albany

Nr: 302003678Report ID: 0213100Open Date: 05/09/1998

Degussa Corporation
School House Lane
Waterford, NY 12188
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2819/Industrial Inorganic Chemicals, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: Po Box 188 School House Lane, Waterford, NY 12188

Inspection Type:Referral
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/04/1998
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:08/05/1998

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral200742120 Yes  

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200740330Event: 05/09/1998Five Employees Suffer Effects From Heat Exchanger Explosion
Employees #1 through #5 were working in another area of the facility when an overpressurized heat exchanger/cooling unit exploded. Although they were not in the immediate vicinity, they were taken to the hospital with injuries that included ringing in their ears, elevated blood pressure, particles in their eyes, and injuries to their feet suffered as they descended the stairs when exiting the building. None of these injuries was a direct result of the explosion.
Keywords: eye, dust, ear, explosion, hearing loss, heat exchanger, high pressure, pressure release, foot
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 302003678 Hospitalized injury Foreign Body Ineye Occupation not reported
2 302003678 Hospitalized injury Foreign Body Ineye Occupation not reported
3 302003678 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 302003678 Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Occupation not reported
5 302003678 Hospitalized injury Hearing Loss Occupation not reported

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