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Accident: 14297352 - 55 Gallon Drum Exploded When Top Being Cut Off With Torch

Accident: 14297352 -- Report ID: 0352420 -- Event Date: 10/20/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1881410310/21/19865093American Recycling Company
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS USING A CUTTING TORCH TO REMOVE THE TOP OF A 55 GALLON DRUM. THE DRUM HAD NOT BEEN CLEANED OR PURGED. THE DRUM EXPLODED, CAUSING A FIRE IN WHICH EMPLOYEE #1 WAS BURNED TO DEATH.
Keywords: burn, acetylene torch, flammable vapors, work rules, drum, fire, torch, explosion, purging, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18814103 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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