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Accident: 14348015 - Employee Dies Of Burns Sustained Cleaning Incinerator Tank

Accident: 14348015 -- Report ID: 0418300 -- Event Date: 06/29/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10598712706/29/19883341Interstate Lead Company, Inc.
At approximately 7:00 p.m. on June 27, 1988, Employee #1 was cleaning the inside of an incinerator tank. The tank, which is located above the blast furnace, has an outside diameter of 8 feet and a length of approximately 20 feet. A large hose had been run through an opening at the top of the tank and Employee #1 was using the hose to wash flue dust, which collects during normal operation, off the inside walls. Employee #1 was covered with either hot flue dust or steam generated from the mixture of the hot material and water. Consequently, he suffered second- and third-degree burns to 90 percent of his body. He later died at the hospital.
Keywords: burn, dust, cleaning, steam, incinerator, tank, high temperature
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105987127 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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