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Accident: 14289268 - Employee Killed, 5 Injured By Pvc Fragments During Explosion

Accident: 14289268 -- Report ID: 0214700 -- Event Date: 12/12/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10148750212/13/19918731Hampton Energy Systems, Inc.
On December 12, 1991, an employee was demonstrating how to disassociate hydrogen and oxygen from water, producing a gas. A torch in the experiment was used to cut a piece of metal. This system was designed in Australia and is called Brown's gas. The observers were standing within 15 ft of the demonstration. A typical flashback occurred, causing the PVC holding cylinders for the gas to explode. Employees #1 through #6 suffered lacerations from the PVC fragments. Employee #2 later died from complications resulting from head injuries. Employees #3, #4, and #6 were hospitalized.
Keywords: head, cylinder, explosion, laceration, struck by, flying object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101487502 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported
2 101487502 Fatality Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported
3 101487502 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported
4 101487502 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported
5 101487502 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported
6 101487502 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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