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Accident: 518134 - Three Employees Die After Boiler Explosion

Accident: 518134 -- Report ID: 0931800 -- Event Date: 07/05/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
233349007/06/19872631Fibreboard Corporation
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
232780707/07/19872631Fibreboard Corporation

At approximately 6:00 p.m. on July 5, 1987, the operators of recovery boiler #3 at a pulp mill noticed a low level of water in the steam drum. For about 20 to 30 minutes, the feed water pump was inoperable, causing the boiler tubes to overheat from lack of water. At approximately 7:00 p.m., after a flow back, Employee #1 activated the rapid drain system to drain water and release steam from the boiler tubes. The rapid drain system failed, but the water supply to the boiler continued. At approximately 8:20 p.m., water leaking into the smelt bed caused an explosion in recovery boiler #3. Employees #1 and #2 was killed instantly. Employee #3 was burned and died after approximately three weeks in the hospital.

Keywords: burn, leak, work rules, boiler, explosion, overheated, mech malfunction, hot water

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2333490 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
2 2333490 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
3 2333490 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
4 2327807 Occupation Not Listed

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