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Accident: 14223713 - Foundry Explosion

Accident: 14223713 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 12/17/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1473335612/19/19843321Dalton Foundries Inc
ON DECEMBER 17, 1984, AT 8:05 AM, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS WORKING HIS REGULARLY ASSIGNED JOB AS AN IRON POURER FOR THE HERMAN TWO AREA OF DALTON FOUNDRIES INC. HE WAS IN THE PROCESS OF PIGGING GRAY IRON INTO AN AURORA HOPPER FROM AN 1,800 POUND LADLE. HE HAD POURED ABOUT 100 POUNDS IN WHEN THERE WAS A SMALL EXPLOSION. HE MOVED BACK FROM THE TUB AND A SPLIT SECOND LATER THERE WAS A HUGE EXPLOSION WHICH BLEW THE TUB APART AND AMPUTATED BOTH HIS LEGS ABOVE THE KNEES. THE REST OF HIS BODY WAS BADLY BURNED. HE DIED ON DECEMBER 24, 1984. EMPLOYEE #2 WAS APPROXIMATELY 500 FEET FROM THE AREA WHEN THE EXPLOSION TOOK PLACE. HE WAS WALKING THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT ON HIS WAY TO A BREAK ROOM. HE GOT SOME DIRT PARTICLES IN HIS EYES FROM THE AIRBORNE DIRT AND DUST. HIS EYES WERE WASHED OUT AT THE HOSPITAL AND HE RETURNED TO WORK THE SAME DAY.
Keywords: burn, eye, amputated, dust, explosion, iron, foundry, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14733356 Fatality Amputation Molding and casting machine operators
2 14733356 Non Hospitalized injury Foreign Body Ineye Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators

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