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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 710616 - Employee Burned By Molten Ore

Accident: 710616 -- Report ID: 1054116 -- Event Date: 01/28/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10824000301/28/19911061Glenbrook Nickel Company & Cominco American Inc

At approximately 1:05 p.m. on January 26, 1991, Employee #1 was preparing to change an electrode pad on the #4 furnace. The furnace had been down for approximately 90 minutes, giving the molten ore time to crust over. Employee #1 stepped off the work platform and placed his feet on two separate electrodes. Apparently, he either jumped or fell from the electrode that he was straddling onto the crusted ore, a distance of approximately 3 feet. The crust broke, creating a boil near where Employee #1 had jumped or fallen. He was covered by molten ore that ignited his clothing. He managed to crawl out of the furnace and travel approximately 120 feet before he collapsed. Emergency help was summoned, and Employee #1 was transported to Douglas Community Hospital. He suffered burns over multiple parts of his body and was evacuated by air to the Portland Burn Center.

Keywords: burn, clothing, furnace, maintenance, work rules, fire, molten metal, fall

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108240003 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Millwrights

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