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Accident: 108537.015 - Six Employees Are Injured When Engulfed By Blast Furnace'S H

Accident: 108537.015 -- Report ID: 0552651 -- Event Date: 08/10/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1338471.01508/14/2018Sssi Inc
At 9:15 p.m. on August 10, 2018, during a Blast Furnace outage, Employees #1 through 6, Boilermakers, and several other coworkers, were removing the lower cone of a 38 foot, 1-1/4 inch diameter by 87 foot, 2-inch height Blast Furnace Flue Dust Catcher attached with a bolted flange. The Blast Furnace Flue Dust Catcher was reportedly clogging, as evidenced by hydro-jetting records for prior service, and before and during the blast furnace shut down. Three 10-ton air hoists were attached to the upper and lower cone flanges. As Employees #1 through 6 cut every other bolt around the flange, including the last bolt with a torch, three of the air hoists failed and then, the lower cone struck a scaffold in use by Employees #1 through 6 and also the second floor deck, which was located approximately eight feet below. The hot contents of the Blast Furnace, Flue Dust Catcher was released and engulfed Employees #1 through 6. The contents of the dust hazard was not reported; however, as a result of the incident, Employee #1 was hospitalized with serious inhalation burns to his lungs and face; Employee #2 was hospitalized with burns to his face and neck with dust inhalation exposure; Employee #3 was treated for contusions to the neck, head, and chest with dust inhalation exposure; Employee #4 was treated for contusions to the leg and knee with dust inhalation exposure, and Employees #5 and #6 were also treated for dust inhalation exposure.
Keywords: access/egress, accidental discharge, bolt, leg, knee, inhalation, head, face, dust, contusion, concussion, clogged, neck, chest, chemical vapor, chemical reaction, chemical burn, compressed gas, carbon monoxide, combust
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant Alteration or rehabilitation   120
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1338471.015 45 M Non Hospitalized injury Other Carpenters
2 1338471.015 54 M Non Hospitalized injury Other Carpenters
3 1338471.015 54 M Non Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Boilermakers
4 1338471.015 28 M Non Hospitalized injury Other Boilermakers
5 1338471.015 54 M Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Boilermakers
6 1338471.015 22 M Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Boilermakers

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