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Accident: 1003771 - Employee Killed When Struck By Drum Top In Explosion

Accident: 1003771 -- Report ID: 0253660 -- Event Date: 10/19/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11579007310/19/19938361Nysdfy Industry School
Employee #1 was in a maintenance shop with all the doors closed using an oxyacetylene torch to cut the top off an empty 55 gallon drum that had contained antifreeze. The top blew off, striking Employee #1 in the neck and face, killing him. Before the explosion Employee #1 had been seen rinsing the drum through the 3 in. screw cap opening with a standard hose and water.
Keywords: acetylene torch, flammable vapors, work rules, drum, explosion, neck, struck by, face, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 115790073 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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