Accident Description

Accident: Sterigenics Ethylene Oxide Explosion

Location: Location: Ontario, CA

Accident Occurred On: 08/19/2004 | Final Report Released On: 03/30/2006

Accident Type: Chemical Manufacturing - Fire and Explosion

Investigation Status: On March 30, 2006, the CSB issued its final report on the accident.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on August 19, 2004, an explosion occurred inside an ethylene oxide sterilization chamber and an associated thermal oxidizer at the Sterigenics facility in Ontario, California. Four employees suffered minor injuries and the facility was rendered unusable.