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Accident: 123399.015 - Two Employees Are Killed, Two Are Injured, In Propylene Gas

Accident: 123399.015 -- Report ID: 0626600 -- Event Date: 01/24/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1458001.01501/24/2020Watson Grinding And Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Around 4:20 a.m. on January 24, 2020, Employee #1 had arrived at the worksite to begin work in the coating shop and sent a text message stating that he could sm ell and hear a propylene gas leak. The supervisor sent out a text to the crew st ating "don't fire up the gun. Gas leak." A coworker responded "Call 911." Short ly after, an explosion occurred at or in the coating shop. Employee #1 and Emplo yee #2 were killed in the explosion and fire. Propylene gas, used at the facilit y in the high velocity oxygen fuel coating process, was believed to have leaked, accumulating and finding an unknown source of ignition, resulting in the explos ion. Two other employees, Employee #3 and Employee #4, were non-fatally injured by debris from the explosion.
Keywords: coating operation, explosion, fire, gas, gas leak, leak, propylene
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1458001.015 45 M Fatality
2 1458001.015 44 M Fatality

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