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Accident: 14382238 - Electrical Explosion - Electrical Fault Ignited Combust Dust

Accident: 14382238 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 04/03/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
224183404/03/19857389Pewe Packaging Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
222371704/03/19857389Pewe Packaging Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
224183404/03/19857389Pewe Packaging Inc
EMPLOYEES WERE WORKING AT A PLANT THAT MIXES AND PACKAGES A PESTICIDE FOR RATS, GOPHERS, GROUND SQUIRRELS, AND SIMILAR PESTS. THE PRODUCT CONSISTED OF SODIUM NITRATE, SULFUR, CHARCOAL, AND DEXTRIM. AN ARC PRODUCED BY SOME ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT STARTED A FUSE-LIKE FIRE ON THE FLOOR. SEVERAL MASSIVE EXPLOSIONS THEN OCCURRED. ONE EMPLOYEE WAS KILLED, AND 13 OTHERS WERE INJURED IN THE EXPLOSION. THE ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT WAS NOT APPROVED FOR THE HAZARDOUS LOCATION, AND THERE WAS POOR HOUSEKEEPING AT THE PLANT.
Keywords: electric arc, electrical, e gi vii, fire, explosion, combustible dust, electrical fault, housekeeping, equipment approval
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2241834 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 2241834 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 2241834 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 2223717 Occupation Not Listed
5 2241834 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
6 2241834 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
7 2241834 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
8 2241834 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
9 2241834 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
10 2241834 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
11 2241834 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
12 2241834 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
13 2241834 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
14 2241834 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
15 2241834 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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