Cases of Industrial Accidents Occurred in Japan

In Japan, nearly 2,000 workers still die annually from industrial accidents and the number of serious accidents in which 3 or more people suffer death/injury tops 200.

In fact, many of these accidents are similar to the past incidents in their nature. Therefore, we need to take full preventive measures against repeating those tragic accidents by case-studying the past incidents.

In light of this, we've decided to describe on this page cases of industrial accidents occurred in Japan including their summaries and leading causes.

No.59 Methyl bromide poisoning while cleaning a grain silo
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No.51 Anoxia during scaffolding work to repair the intake pit at a garbage disposal site
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No.50 Two victims and a rescuer suffered from anoxia in a sewerage system manhole
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No.48 Chlorine gas poisoning at drinking water facilities
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No.47 Acute organic solvent poisoning while washing the inside of a drum with toluene
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No.46 Anoxia fatality during hatch-opening work following lumber fumigation in a ship's cargo hold
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No.44 Inhaling ethylene oxide gas during sterilization work in a hospital
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No.43 Explosion inside a tank during wastewater system repair work
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No.41 Explosion due to abnormal reaction in the refining process for explosive materials
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No.40 Explosion at surface treatment furnace for automobile components
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No.39 Dust explosion when flour was fed into a storage hopper by air pressure
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No.38 Tank explosion due to a chemical reaction because the hose of a tank truck was connected to the wrong flange
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No.10 Organic solvent poisoning during work to remodel a used tank
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No.5 Chemical burns to skin by contact with high-density raw liquid phenol while taking countermeasures against abnormal reactions in the synthesizing reaction process for phenol
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No.3 A reaction vessel burst due to a sudden increase in its internal pressure as a result of abnormal reactions during the process producing intermediate pharmaceutical products
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No.2 Paper dust ignited during repair work milling room of a paper manufacturing plant
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This page updated on April 26, 2005