Explosion of a chlorine vessel, March 1, 1983.
This report concerns the death of a maintenance worker who was operating a chlorine (7782505) degunking processor when he suffered fatal injuries due to the explosion of a nearby main storage tank. He had been exposed to large quantities of chlorine. The company employed over 700 people and was built in the 1950s. The degunking process was an old one and was part of the on site waste treatment facility. The purpose of the process was to retrieve chlorine from waste material. The particular task being performed at the time of the explosion was a routine one of heating the waste material in one tank before siphoning off released gases.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-83-004; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Safety-research; Explosive-atmospheres; Toxic-gases
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-83-004, 3 pages