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Accident: 14241236 - 4 Injured In Explosion Of Chemical Soaked Rags In A Washer

Accident: 14241236 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 10/27/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
84049611/03/19873711General Motors Nao-Scg Oklahoma City
ON OCTOBER 27, 1987, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS WASHING AND DRYING CHEMICAL SOAKED WIPE-DOWN RAGS. SHE WAS SORTING THE RAGS, CONTAMINATED WITH CHEMICALS SUCH AS ACETONE, NAPTHA, GROW SOLVENT 26D, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL AND ISOPHROPHYL ANDYDROUS ALCOHOL, INTO PILES. WHEN EMPLOYEE #1 PUT A LOAD OF RAGS INTO THE WASHER, THE FLAMMABLE VAPORS FROM THE RAGS EXPLODED, BURNING EMPLOYEES #1 THROUGH #4. THE EQUIPMENT BEING USED WAS NOT EXPLOSION PROOF OR INTRINSICALLY SAFE.
Keywords: burn, alcohol, flammable vapors, work rules, acetone, naphtha, explosion, washing machine, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 840496 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Assemblers
2 840496 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Assemblers
3 840496 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Assemblers
4 840496 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Electronic repairers, communica. & indus. equip.

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