Rod Milburn dies

Rod Milburn dies

Post by Herbert Blinkens » Wed, 19 Nov 1997 04:00:00


Former Olympic 110m hurdles champion and world record holder, Rod Milburn,
died in gruesome circumstances in Louisiana. Milburn, 47, drowned and burned
to death in a tank of hot sodium chloride used in the paper bleaching process
at the paper manufacturing plant where he worked in Port Sulphur. Milburn
was working alone at the time and appears to have been the victim of an
industrial accident.

Milburn was undefeated in 1971, winning 27 consecutive finals and qualifying
for the American Olympic team having won the Pan-American Games crown. However,
he struggled to qualify for the American team when he hit two flights in the
trials and only managed to make 3rd and the final qualifying place. However,
in the Munich final, he was first to rise at the opening flight and, by the
time he reached the 6th of 10 hurdles, was already 2 metres clear, setting a
world record of 13.25, a record that was survive for 5 years until Cuban
Alejandro Casanas took the record to 13.21.

Milburn unsuccessfully flirted with professional athletics, but returned to
amateur ranks and retired in 1983.

 
 
 

Rod Milburn dies

Post by Chuck Newm » Thu, 20 Nov 1997 04:00:00

: Former Olympic 110m hurdles champion and world record holder, Rod Milburn,
: died in gruesome circumstances in Louisiana. Milburn, 47, drowned and burned
: to death in a tank of hot sodium chloride used in the paper bleaching process
: at the paper manufacturing plant where he worked in Port Sulphur. Milburn
: was working alone at the time and appears to have been the victim of an
: industrial accident.

: Milburn was undefeated in 1971, winning 27 consecutive finals and qualifying
: for the American Olympic team having won the Pan-American Games crown. However,
: he struggled to qualify for the American team when he hit two flights in the
: trials and only managed to make 3rd and the final qualifying place. However,
: in the Munich final, he was first to rise at the opening flight and, by the
: time he reached the 6th of 10 hurdles, was already 2 metres clear, setting a
: world record of 13.25, a record that was survive for 5 years until Cuban
: Alejandro Casanas took the record to 13.21.

: Milburn unsuccessfully flirted with professional athletics, but returned to
: amateur ranks and retired in 1983.

   Well, sodium chloride, NaCl, is ordinary table salt, so there is something
"fishy" going on. NaCl is not considered a toxic substance. Just about any food
you buy will have NaCl in it.

 
 
 

Rod Milburn dies

Post by Tim Dougla » Thu, 20 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Quote:


> : Former Olympic 110m hurdles champion and world record holder, Rod Milburn,
> : died in gruesome circumstances in Louisiana. Milburn, 47, drowned and burned
> : to death in a tank of hot sodium chloride used in the paper bleaching process
> : at the paper manufacturing plant where he worked in Port Sulphur.

>    Well, sodium chloride, NaCl, is ordinary table salt, so there is something
> "fishy" going on. NaCl is not considered a toxic substance. Just about any food
> you buy will have NaCl in it.

The story is being updated on the T&F List.  To summarise, the rail cars
where the NaC1 was kept have a small entrance on the roof.  Milburn had
fallen in while inspecting it, though no-one can say how.  The post
mortem reported the burns he suffered came from the hot water that was
used to flush through the tanks the NaC1 were in.  There are "... no
suspicious circumstances ...", according to the local police, coroner
and Milburn's employers.  It's being put down to a plain industrial
accident, at the moment.  It was reported that Milburn had been "...
down on his luck recently ...", although it was not made clear whether
there was a thought that this was in any way connected to the incident.
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Rod Milburn dies

Post by Tim Hugh » Thu, 20 Nov 1997 04:00:00


Quote:


>: Former Olympic 110m hurdles champion and world record holder, Rod
Milburn,
>: died in gruesome circumstances in Louisiana. Milburn, 47, drowned and
burned
>: to death in a tank of hot sodium chloride used in the paper bleaching

process

Quote:
>   Well, sodium chloride, NaCl, is ordinary table salt, so there is
something
>"fishy" going on. NaCl is not considered a toxic substance. Just about
any food
>you buy will have NaCl in it.

Paper I suspect is bleached in SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE.  In a diluted format
this is household bleach.  Concentrated, nobody wants to fall into that
stuff.  A truely, tragic loss.
Regards,
Tim.
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Rod Milburn dies

Post by Steve Brewst » Thu, 20 Nov 1997 04:00:00

:
:
:    Well, sodium chloride, NaCl, is ordinary table salt, so there is something
: "fishy" going on. NaCl is not considered a toxic substance. Just about any food
: you buy will have NaCl in it.

Did this sodium chloride come from a tram or from a car?

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Post by Tim Dougla » Thu, 20 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> Paper I suspect is bleached in SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE.  In a diluted format
> this is household bleach.  Concentrated, nobody wants to fall into that
> stuff.  A truely, tragic loss.
> Regards,
> Tim.

Here's the copy from the local paper.  The substance is said to be
sodium chlorate.

   BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The death of Rodney Milburn, a U.S. gold
medal
winner in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1972 Olympics, was ruled an
accident
Thursday.

   Milburn, 47, was found dead Tuesday in a rail car full of a hot
chemical
solution at the paper plant where he worked. It happened at the Georgia
Pacific plant near Baton Rouge.

   ?At this time, his death is being ruled as an accident, said Lt.
Sonny
Jarreau of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Department. ?Unless new
information comes forward, the investigation is over.

   Preliminary autopsy results showed that Milburn had severe burns over
his
entire body, and that will likely be listed as the cause of death, said
Chuck
Smith of the parish coroner's office.

   The autopsy showed no signs that Milburn had a heart attack or a
stroke,
which might have caused him to fall into the rail car, Smith said.

   ?It doesn't look like there was any medical condition that caused him
to
fall, he said. ?We may never know exactly what caused him to fall in.
It
looks like a tragic accident.

   Milburn had been assigned to unload a rail car containing liquid
sodium
chlorate, a chemical used in the bleaching process of paper making. He
was
found at the bottom of the rail car by a supervisor who went looking for
him
when he failed to answer a page.

   Georgia Pacific authorities said they are trying to figure out how
Milburn
ended up in the rail car.

   The rail car was divided into four compartments, each containing
crystallized sodium chlorate. Each compartment has a hole on top of the
rail
car about two-and-a-half feet wide.

   To get the crystal into liquid form, water at a temperature of 180
degrees
is pumped into each compartment by pipes attached to the rail car.
Another,
larger pipe moves the liquid substance into a holding tank.

   There are railings around the top of the rail car for workers to hold
on
to, but no railings around the four holes. The holes are usually closed
unless
workers open them to check water levels or to make sure the crystal is
dissolving properly, said Patty Prats-Swanson, a Georgia Pacific
spokeswoman.

   Two holes were open on the rail car Milburn was unloading. One was
above a
compartment that was empty and the other above a compartment that was
being
unloaded the compartment where Milburn was found, Prats-Swanson said.

   Mixing crystal sodium with water does not produce fumes, so Milburn
could
not have been overcome, she said. She said workers are not required to
wear
breathing masks, and that the liquid substance is not toxic to the skin.
She
said the coroner's office indicated the burns that killed Milburn were
caused
by the hot water that was pumped into the rail car.

   Prats-Swanson said Milburn had worked in the bleaching section for
the nine
years he was employed by Georgia Pacific and had been through extensive
training.

   ?He was an excellent worker, she said. ?We, more than anybody else,
want
to know what happened.
   Milburn is survived by his mother Mary Milburn of Opelousas, his
wife,
Betty Comeaux Milburn, and three children Rodney, Felacia and Russel.

   Funeral arrangements were pending.

Ken Stone                    
Copy Editor
The San Diego Union-Tribune

{Tim's note:  Stone is not the author of the article, he just posted it
to T&F News.}

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Post by Ben Hine » Thu, 20 Nov 1997 04:00:00


Quote:


>:
>:
>:    Well, sodium chloride, NaCl, is ordinary table salt, so there is something
>: "fishy" going on. NaCl is not considered a toxic substance. Just about any food
>: you buy will have NaCl in it.

Nothing fishy about it at all. We're talking LIQUID sodium chloride,
here. Very hot stuff. Easy to burn and drown in, toxic or not. Didn't you
read the article?

Some say Dihydrogen Monoxide is nontoxic as well...

-Ben

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Rod Milburn dies

Post by Rod Begb » Tue, 25 Nov 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
> Greetings, Randy Gentry, from a fellow alien,

>>  Water CAN be hazardous to your health

> Especially if you drink too much water.

Well OBVIOUSLY!  That's precisely what "too much" means!  An amount in
excess of what is good for you!

Jesus wept!

Rod.

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Rod Milburn dies

Post by Ann » Wed, 26 Nov 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> >If you drink more than 4 gallons of water it will kill you by causing
> >your brain to swell up.

> Oh ***. I'm worried now.

> I must have drunk barrels of the stuff over the years.

> How long have I got?

Don't worry as long as you put enough spirits with it (& I'm sure in your
case you did!) it shouldn't have this effect.
I'll have a pint if you're buying....
Ann
 
 
 

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Post by Ian Thoma » Wed, 26 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Quote:


> >If you drink more than 4 gallons of water it will kill you by causing
> >your brain to swell up.

> Oh ***. I'm worried now.

> I must have drunk barrels of the stuff over the years.

> How long have I got?

Not very long, do you want flowers or a nice wreath?

We could give you a Viking Burial at sea, the site of a long boat aflame
in the night is a wonder to behold (although Doug might complain about
the polution its causing!).

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Post by Charlie William » Wed, 26 Nov 1997 04:00:00



Quote:


>> >If you drink more than 4 gallons of water it will kill you by causing
>> >your brain to swell up.

>> Oh ***. I'm worried now.

>> I must have drunk barrels of the stuff over the years.

>> How long have I got?

>Not very long, do you want flowers or a nice wreath?

<snip>

Who the hell included uk.misc in the cross-post list?? Don't you realise
you are exposing us sleepy little backwater newsgroups to the raucous
excesses of the townies?

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Post by Ann » Thu, 27 Nov 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> >Don't worry as long as you put enough spirits with it (& I'm sure in your
> >case you did!) it shouldn't have this effect.

> I'm very relieved. (Good job there was a Gents nearby.)

> >I'll have a pint if you're buying....

> Certainly.

> That'll be a large Glenfiddich for me, landlord, and a pint of water for
> the lady...

Thanks tenaq...first time in ages anyones called me that...
Ann
 
 
 

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Post by Simon Gr » Sat, 29 Nov 1997 04:00:00

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Down on uk.misc street, the vibe from Ian Thomas is:

~ We could give you a Viking Burial at sea, the site of a long boat aflame
~ in the night is a wonder to behold (although Doug might complain about
~ the polution its causing!).

So long as its the right sort of pollution he probably wouldn't
mind.

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Post by Simon Gr » Sat, 29 Nov 1997 04:00:00

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Down on uk.misc street, the vibe from Charlie Williams is:

~ Who the hell included uk.misc in the cross-post list?? Don't you realise
~ you are exposing us sleepy little backwater newsgroups to the raucous
~ excesses of the townies?

S'ok, we'll have got fox hunting band soon & then you country yokels
can find something else to get your jollies from.

(iron deficients may add the extra punctuation as they feel the need)

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Post by Simon Gr » Sat, 29 Nov 1997 04:00:00

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Down on uk.misc street, the vibe from Rod Begbie is:

~ Jesus wept!

Some catholics would pay good money to drink that...

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