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Accident: 100614.015 - Employee Is Killed In Gasoline Fire And Explosion

Accident: 100614.015 -- Report ID: 0524700 -- Event Date: 11/09/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1276530.01511/09/2017Hogrefe Auto Parts, Llc
At approximately 11:00 a.m. On November 9, 2017, an employee was attempting to use a propane oxygen mixture to cut a catalytic converter off of a junkyard vehicle. The entire left side (drivers side) of the vehicle was lifted with a skidsteer so the employee could access the underside of the vehicle. As the employee was using a torch to cut, gasoline vapors began building up in a small area, and eventually caused an explosion, catching the employee and multiple surrounding vehicles on fire. The employee was found deceased nearby after the fire was extinguished.
Keywords: acetylene torch, heat, compressed gas
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1276530.015 41 M Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Not specified mechanics and repairers

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