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Industrial metals recovery worker killed in explosion.

Authors
New Jersey Department of Health
Source
NIOSH 2003 Mar; :1-12
NIOSHTIC No.
20026720
Abstract
On January 25, 2002, a 20-year-old acid room worker died and another worker was critically injured after a chemical explosion destroyed part of an industrial metals recovery plant. The incident occurred at the plant during a process that used acid to remove the epoxy coating from electronic components in order to collect the remaining metal. Approximately 800 pounds of capacitors had been soaking overnight when the victim started to remove the material from the acid bath. Unknown to the workers, the organic materials in the capacitors apparently reacted with the acid to create picric acid, an explosive compound. The picric acid exploded with enough force to blow out a large section of the plant's flat truss roof and concrete walls. The explosion instantly killed the victim and severely injured a second worker who received extensive burns to his head and upper body. Five other plant employees were briefly hospitalized and several employees at neighboring workplaces were treated for chemical exposure. NJ FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should consult with qualified personnel before making major changes to their chemical processes. 2. Employers should develop, institute, and enforce standard operating procedures for their chemical and other production processes. 3. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers. 4. Employers and employees should become familiar with available resources on safety standards and safe work practices.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Work-practices; Work-environment; Work-performance; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Chemical-burns; Chemical-factory-workers; Chemical-properties; Chemical-reactions; Chemical-synthesis; Safety-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Laboratories; Laboratory-workers
Publication Date
20030318
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
PB2010-112433
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
FACE-02NJ003; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008345
SIC Code
NAICS-33
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health
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