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Accident: 751230 - Employee'S Leg Amputated In Explosion

Accident: 751230 -- Report ID: 0626000 -- Event Date: 02/14/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11039791602/14/19915093South Texas Recycling & Processing Corp.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. on February 14, 1991, Employee #1 was using a propane/oxygen torch to cut up a truck bed. He had just finished a five minute break and had relit his torch when an explosion occurred. Employee #1's right leg was amputated by flying debris. A subsequent investigation revealed that either Employee #1's torch or heat transfer on the tank frame set off an old commercial high order explosive device of the type that had been used in oil field work. The explosive device had apparently been lodged unseen in the frame of the truck bed.

Keywords: amputated, explosives, work rules, torch, explosion, spark, struck by, flying object, cutting and burning, leg

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 110397916 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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