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One Worker is Killed in a Pasadena, TX, Chemical Plant Explosion

Friday, January 22nd, 2016
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., LP, Pasadena Pl...

Pasadena, Texas, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Saturday, January 16, 2016, a fatal workplace accident occurred at PeroxyChem, a plant on Bay Area Blvd. in Pasadena, Texas. According to Vance Mitchell of the Pasadena Police Department, the explosion occurred at about 12:45 in the Bayport complex. According to David Brannon, who is with the Pasadena Fire Marshall’s Office, an over-pressurized tank caused the deadly explosion that injured three workers and killed one. Mitchell said the tank held an oil-based cleaning solution. One of the injured workers suffered a broken arm as a result of the explosion and the other two injured employees were exposed to the toxic chemical. The deceased and one injured worker were contractors and the other two injured were employees of PeroxyChem.

According to an email about the incident from Natalie Kay, spokesperson for PeroxyChem, a routine function was being conducted when the contractor’s equipment exploded.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides guidelines for ensuring that workers have a safe environment to work in, and it includes working with compressed gas cylinders. For instance, other than in approved cylinder manifolds, acetylene must not be piped, generated, or utilized at a pressure exceeding 15 pounds per square inch (psig). Cylinders containing acetylene must be used and stored in a vertical, valve-end-up position. There are also specific provisions for in-plant handling, storage, transfer, and use of acetylene in cylinders. One of the dangers of pressurized gas is that there could be an explosion, if over-pressured, which is what seems to have happened at the Pasadena plant explosion.

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