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Report: Explosion, unspecified at Valero in Chalmette, Louisiana

DATE: 04/10/20

Employees were troubleshooting a PSV that was lifting prematurely. A release of hydrocarbon/hydrogen caused an explosion and fire. One employee suffered burns to the face. A second employee struck a rail during egress as a result of the pressure wave and suffered a fractured kneecap. Both employees were hospitalized.

Report ID 2020043303  
Date 04/10/2020  
UPA 1569339  
Inspection 1472214  
Primary NAICS 324110  
Nature 1520 Heat (thermal) burns, unspecified
Part of Body 130 Face, unspecified
Source 423 Valves, nozzles
Event 320 Explosion, unspecified
Hospitalized Yes  
Amputation No  

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