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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 201770286 - Employee Killed In Explosion Of Polypropylene Dust

Accident: 201770286 -- Report ID: 0213900 -- Event Date: 11/29/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30131861412/01/19971389Allstate Power Vac
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30131873912/01/19972821Huntsman Polypropylene Corporation

An employee was using a truck-mounted vacuum system to remove powdered polypropylene from a storage silo. The polypropylene dust was not only combustible, but released butane gas while in storage. An explosion occurred when either the polypropylene dust or butane ignited. The explosion killed the employee vacuuming the silo. The vacuum system was not grounded, and employees were allowed to have cigarettes and lighters in their possession.

Keywords: open flame, static electricity, butane, electrical, work rules, e gi vii, explosion, bonding, combustible dust, burn

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301318614 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
2 301318739 Occupation not reported

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