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Accident: 14225155 - Employees Burned By Flashback When Dust In Boiler Ignited

Accident: 14225155 -- Report ID: 0355110 -- Event Date: 12/31/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
334966901/02/19872426Dixon Lumber Company, Inc.
AT APPROXIMATELY 2:30 PM ON DECEMBER 31, 1986, EMPLOYEES #1 AND #2 WERE PREPARING TO START A FIRE IN A BOILER BY INSERTING KINDLING INTO THE FIREBOX. THE TWO EMPLOYEES WERE STANDING IN FRONT OF BOILER #1. APPARENTLY SOME AIRBORNE FINE DUST WAS ENTERING THE FIREBOX WHEN EMPLOYEE #2 INTRODUCED A SOURCE OF IGNITION (A BURNING ROLLED-UP NEWSPAPER) INSIDE THE BOILER. A FLASHBACK OCCURRED, SEVERELY BURNING EMPLOYEES #1 AND #2. A REASONABLE CONCLUSION IS THAT A DUST EXPLOSION OCCURRED BECAUSE OF THE FINE DUST BEING CARRIED INTO THE BOILER BY AIR CURRENTS.
Keywords: burn, dust, boiler, fire, explosion, flashback
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3349669 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Machinery maintenance occupations
2 3349669 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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