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Accident: 14354039 - Employee Dies After Being Burned While Welding

Accident: 14354039 -- Report ID: 0419700 -- Event Date: 06/21/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1834909206/25/19911711Mahaffey Refrigeration, Inc.
Employee #1 was preparing to replace a gas line on a small compressor for a walk-in freezer. The compressor was located within a fenced area that was small and confined. Employee #1 was using acetylene and oxygen cylinders, 10 and 20 cubic feet respectively, a Uniweld torch, type 170, a Uniweld acetylene regulator, MC-18R, and a Uniweld oxygen regulator, RU. Apparently, the compressor vibrated excessively, causing the gas line to separate from its connection. There was a backfire that caused a flashback or flareback to the acetylene regulator. Employee #1 was burned over 40 percent of his body. He died of complications three weeks later. There were no witnesses to the accident.
Keywords: burn, acetylene torch, confined space, cylinder, fire, construction, welding, torch, flashback, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18349092 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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