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Accident: 14322382 - Employee Dies From Aluminum Dust Explosion

Accident: 14322382 -- Report ID: 0317500 -- Event Date: 09/03/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10875544810/01/19933229Kopp Glass Inc.
Employee #1 poured approximately 21 lb of highly explosive aluminum powder (elemental aluminum) into a rotating metal bucket that contained other powdered metal pigments. During the pouring, a dust explosion and fire occurred. Employee #1 was burned on 60 percent of his upper body and died. One possible explanation for the chemical explosion was that a buildup of static charge had occurred during the pouring of the powder in combination with dust conditions in the metal rotating bucket. No precautions were taken for hazardous atmospheres.
Keywords: aluminum dust, ppe, work rules, fire, explosion, chemical reaction, chemical burn
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108755448 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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