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Accident: 856138 - One Employee Killed, One Injured In Steam Explosion

Accident: 856138 -- Report ID: 0524500 -- Event Date: 12/07/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12219109112/07/19957349Prairie Central Maintenance & Fabrication

Employee #1 had been hired by PCM about three weeks ago through Temporary Services of Decatur. Employee #2 is a permanent PCM employee with approximately six months service. They were assigned to replace the "socks" in module #7 of the baghouse for boiler #4, at the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) co-gen plant, Decatur, IL. A water pipe inside boiler #4 ruptured, and the water was instantly turned to steam by the exhaust flue temperature. Steam traveled through the dust collection system and burst into the baghouse. Employee #2 escaped with second-degree burns on his face, forearms, waist, and legs. Employee #1 did not make it out of the baghouse and was killed.

Keywords: burn, dust collector, equipment failure, rupture, steam, pipe, face, high temperature

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 122191091 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 122191091 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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