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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 303894042 - Synagro-Wwt, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Maryland Hlth Reg 1

Nr: 303894042Report ID: 0352450Open Date: 09/18/2000

Synagro-Wwt, Inc.
1030 Frederick Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2873/Nitrogenous Fertilizers
Mailing: P.O. Box 549, Funkstown, MD 21734

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:10/05/2000
Planning Guide: Health-Manufacturing Close Case:10/24/2000

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200969475Event: 09/14/2000Employee Exposed To Chlorine
On September 14, 2000, Employee #1 was conducting an inspection of the cleaning process on the 2nd stage Duall Tank. The cleaning operation entails the draining of the tank, which is a solution of sodium hypochlorite, sodium hydroxide and water. It is then flushed with water and then a solution of water and sulfuric acid is introduced to clean the tank. The cleaning process continues for 12 hours. The tank is then drained again and flushed before new solution is added. Employee #1 removed the inspections doors and flashing into the tank to see that all of the circulation lines were properly operating. Gloves, aprons and safety glasses were worn. When he removed the upper door, he was immediately exposed to a chlorine odor that took his breath away. He was immediately lowered from the area and he ran outside and was hospitalized.
Keywords: sodium hydroxide, sodium hypochlorite, ppe, tank cleaning, chlorine, sulfuric acid, tank
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 303894042 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Machinery maintenance occupations

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