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Accident: 14214027 - One Employee Killed, Others Injured When Unit Explodes

Accident: 14214027 -- Report ID: 0454716 -- Event Date: 05/28/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10552229605/28/19881711Allied Piping Co
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10552227005/28/19881796Murphy Welding & Crane Service
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10552207205/31/19883069Baxter Pharmaseal Laboratories
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10552227005/28/19881796Murphy Welding & Crane Service
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10552228805/28/19881541Norman Construction Company Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10552229605/28/19881711Allied Piping Co
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10552207205/31/19883069Baxter Pharmaseal Laboratories
This accident occurred in the sterilization area where two 45 ft long by 4 ft 10 in. wide by 6 ft 6 in. high sterilization units were situated side by side. The construction crews were replacing a door on the unloading end of unit #1, using a torch powered by MAPP (methylacetylene propadiene) gas. Grinding was also being done. A few seconds after the door on unit #2 was opened an explosion occurred at unit #2. Several employees were directly in front of or near the exploding unit. Other employees were at unit #1. Employees #1 through #7 sustained burns and/or other injuries. Employee #8 died. The fuel sources were ethylene oxide (ETO), MAPP, propane, and gasoline. The gasoline was in a small can and the propane was in a cylinder on a forklift. Neither is considered to have caused the explosion. A small leak was found between the MAPP cylinder and the regulator, but it was not considered to have been large enough to have caused the explosion. The explosion apparently was caused by the ETO that was still in unit #2 and which ignited when unit #2 was opened.
Keywords: leak, explosion, ethylene oxide, propane, gasoline, construction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105522296 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters
2 105522270 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction trades, n.e.c.
3 105522072 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Engineers, n.e.c.
4 105522270 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors, n.e.c.
5 105522270 Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Construction trades, n.e.c.
6 105522288 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Broadcast equipment operators
7 105522296 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters
8 105522072 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Engineers, n.e.c.

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