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Accident: 170202188 - One Employee Killed, One Injured When Drum Explodes

Accident: 170202188 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 10/09/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11194026810/16/19905015Pick-A-Part Auto Wrecking

Employees #1 and #2 were using a torch to cut a hole in a 55-gallon drum. Vapors inside the drum ignited and the drum exploded. The drum was thrown at least 20 ft into the air and landed about 30 ft from where it originally stood. The two men were thrown approximately 30 ft; Employee #1 was seriously injured, and Employee #2 was killed. Employee #2's brother, the yard supervisor, saw the explosion and was first on the scene.

Keywords: flammable vapors, work rules, drum, welder, explosion, chemical vapor, cutting and burning

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111940268 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters
2 111940268 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters

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