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Inspection: 3208733 - Venture Chemical Inc.
Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv
Report ID: 0454510
Open Date: 11/25/1985
Venture Chemical Inc.
Sc Hwy 38 Lobeco, SC 29931
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2865/Cyclic Organic Crudes and Intermediates, and Organic Dyes and Pigments
Mailing: 100 Matsonford Road, P. O. Box 26, Radnor, PA 19087
Pressure Vessel Ruptured; Employees Burned By Steam & Wax
ON NOVEMBER 23, 1985, EMPLOYEES #1 AND #2 MELTED PARAFFIN WAX FLAKES IN A VESSEL EQUIPPED WITH A STEAM JACKET. STEAM PRESSURE WAS ESTIMATED TO BE AT 135 PSI INSIDE THE JACKET. THE STEAM WAS CUT OFF TO ALLOW THE REPAIR OF A FAULTY OUTLET VALVE. WHEN THE STEAM WAS TURNED ON TO REMELT THE WAX THE INNER JACKET OF THE VESSEL COLLAPSED. THE MIXTURE OF STEAM AND HOT WAX WAS BLOWN OUT OF THE VESSEL, ONTO THE THREE EMPLOYEES. ALL THREE SUFFERED SECOND AND THIRD DEGREE BURNS OVER A LARGE PART OF THEIR BODIES. THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE WORKING PRESSURE OF THE VESSEL WAS CALCULATED TO BE 33.75 PSI. THE EXCESSIVE STEAM PRESSURE CAUSED THE FAILURE OF THE INNER JACKET.
burn, pressure vessel, work rules, rupture, steam, high pressure
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