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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 674929 - Employees Burned In Benzoyl Peroxide Powder Fire

Accident: 674929 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 09/29/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12466817910/02/19951711Sanders Brothers
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12466816110/02/19952819Inchem, Inc.

Employee #4 was using an oxyacetylene torch to cut metal floor grading so it could be removed and a new reactor installed. Sparks from the cutting operation came into contact with a box of Lucidol 98, which is very sensitive to heat, and a flash fire occurred. Employee #1 was sitting at a desk adjacent to the cutting operation studying standard operating procedures. He was burned over 50 percent of his body and was transported to the Augusta Burn Center. Employees # 2, #3, and #4 suffered burns to their arms, hands, and backs, but are now back at work.

Keywords: work rules, spark, hand, burn, acetylene torch, fire, welding, back, arm, cutting and burning

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 124668179 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Structural metal workers
2 124668179 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors, n.e.c.
3 124668179 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Structural metal workers
4 124668161 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Chemical technicians

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