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Accident: 605634 - 55 Gallon Drum Exploded While Being Cut By Torch

Accident: 605634 -- Report ID: 0418100 -- Event Date: 04/24/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10109682404/24/19861542Charter Builders, Inc.

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

Keywords: burn, flammable vapors, drum, construction, explosion, cutting and burning

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101096824 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; carpenters and related workers
2 101096824 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction laborers
3 101096824 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction laborers

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