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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200841286 Event: 07/24/2006Employee Is Injured When Bucket Explodes
At approximately 3:10 p.m. on July 24, 2006, Employee #1 was working for his employer, Olin Corporation, an ammunition manufacturer. He was neutralizing a 5-gallon bucket of water-immersed cambric bags of explosives using powdered sodium hydroxide and gently agitating the bags with a broomstick. Employee #1 was injured when the bucket exploded and he was splashed with the corrosive mixture. It got behind his face shield and he received a chemical burn to his left eye. The employer required the use of the following personal protective equipment: an acid jacket, rubber gloves, face shield, safety glasses with side shields, 100 percent cotton clothing, and steel-toe conductive safety shoes. The employer's accident investigation determined that Employee #1 was not wearing the required safety glasses under the face shield. The neutralization was performed in a work room designed for this activity. Employee #1 was working alone at the time of the accident, and had immediate access to the emergency shower/eyewash, located approximately six ft from where he was standing.
Keywords: eye, sodium hydroxide, explosives, ppe, work rules, explosion, chemical reaction, chemical burn, face, chemical
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 309286037 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Miscellaneous plant and system operators

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