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Accident: 14369458 - Three Employees Killed, One Injured In Lab Explosion

Accident: 14369458 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 06/25/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10128755506/26/19872842Boyle-Midway
Employees #1 through #4 were in a lab in Canton, OH, where they were conducting a test that involved opening air freshener aerosol cans to inspect them for internal liners. The aerosol cans contained 99.5 percent liquefied petroleum gases (propane and isobutane). Employees #1 through #4 would punch a small hole into the top of each can to vent the pressure and then cut open the can and pour the liquefied gases into a 2 1/2 to 3 gal bucket. The full bucket was emptied twice into a lab sink with the hot water running. Approximately 400 to 500 12 oz cans had been emptied into the sink when the accumulated liquefied gases ignited and exploded. Employees #1, #3, and #4 were killed; Employee #2 required hospitalization.
Keywords: burn, flammable liquid, venting, work rules, fire, explosion, lp gas, propane, testing lab
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101287555 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 101287555 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 101287555 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
4 101287555 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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