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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 14305304 - Explosion - Flammable Vapors Ignited By Cigarette

Accident: 14305304 -- Report ID: 1050210 -- Event Date: 08/08/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10366837208/11/19872421Chilkoot Lumber Company, Inc.
AN EMPLOYEE WAS TRANSFERRING FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS FROM A DRUM OF XYLENE AND A DRUM OF PAINT (FLASH POINT: 35 TO 45 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT) INTO 5-GALLON CONTAINERS. HE WAS PERFORMING THIS TASK IN A LARGE DOOR OPENING IN A 25-FOOT-BY-32-FOOT ROOM. THE AMBIENT TEMPERATURE IN THE ROOM WAS 70 TO 73 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. THE CONTAINERS WERE NOT BONDED; A SELF-CLOSING FAUCET WAS NOT USED; AND THE EMPLOYEE WAS SMOKING. AS HE PUT HIS CIGARETTE OUT, THE PAINT DRUM EXPLODED, FOLLOWED BY THE XYLENE DRUM. THE EMPLOYEE SUFFERED SECOND AND THIRD DEGREE BURNS OVER 90 TO 95 PERCENT OF HIS BODY. HE DIED OF HIS INJURIES.
Keywords: burn, flammable vapors, work rules, xylene, paint, explosion, bonding, smoking
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103668372 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction laborers

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