A chemical plant explosion in South Korea that involved 8 tons of hydrochloric acid on last September 27, 2012, leaved five people died and 18 people injured. This chemical plant explosion has caused more than 3,200 people affected and 230 hectares of farmland near the factory.
This accident was happened when hydrochloric acid unloading operation at a chemical plant in Gumi, an industrial city about 200 km south-east of Seoul.
Hydrochloric acid or HCl is inorganic chemical which can cause a corrosive effect on human tissue, with the potential to damage respiratory organs, eyes, skin, and intestines. It is commonly used in pickling of steel, production of organic chemical, resin regeneration, pH control, leather production, etc.
Meanwhile, the investigation of this accident is still under progress. Knowing the root cause of this is very essential to avoid the same accident happens in the future and to prevent it from happening in the other chemical plants.
We Have to Learn Something
This chemical plant explosion in South Korea reminds us about the important of chemical safety handling. Hazardous chemical handling like hydrochloric acid needs special precautions in order to avoid disaster.
We have to learn safety from this chemical plant explosion South Korea. After investigation is completed, there has to be something we take as a lesson. Always bear in mind that an accident will always leave a safety lesson.
If you would like to learn about hydrochloric acid, you can download its MSDS here.