Accident Report Detail
Accident: 608455 - Employee Is Killed In Explosion While Cutting Scrap Metal
|Inspection||Open Date||SIC||Establishment Name|
|102833696||11/23/1990||5093||Douglas Iron And Metal|
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on November 12, 1990, Employee #1 was working alone in a remote area of a scrap metal yard. He was using a torch to cut up scrap metal to be shipped to a foundry. The employee was cutting a burned-out over-the-road tractor that had the fuel tanks, engine, transmission, and tires removed. The owner heard a "boom," then ran to the area and found the employee on fire. The torch was out and nothing else was burning. The owner rolled the employee to put out the flames, then assisted him to a truck. A coworker drove the employee to the emergency room. While en route, the employee, who had 26 years of experience doing this type of work and who trained new employees on how to safely perform this task, explained to the coworker that he didn't understand what happened. He died on November 18, 1990. The torch was placed back into service. The assumption is that a spark from the torch ignited a gasoline tank that was mixed in with the scrap metal.
|1||102833696||Fatality||Burn/Scald(Heat)||Welders and cutters|