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Accident: 14383913 - Employee Burned To Death By Arc Furnace

Accident: 14383913 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 05/04/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10152393405/05/19883312Northwestern Steel & Wire Company
AT ABOUT 12:05 AM ON MAY 4, 1988, EMPLOYEE #1 AND ANOTHER MILLWRIGHT WERE ASSIGNED THE JOB OF REPLACING TWO BOLTS ON THE SLAG DOOR FITTING OF A 400 TON ELECTRIC ARC FURNACE. ON THEIR ARRIVAL AT THE FURNACE, THEY NOTED THAT THE FURNACE WAS IDLE BUT NOT TAPPED. EMPLOYEE #1'S COWORKER WALKED TO THE PULPIT TO FIND OUT HOW LONG THE FURNACE WOULD BE DOWN AND TO ARRANGE FOR A CRANE. HE THOUGHT EMPLOYEE #1 WAS FOLLOWING HIM. SHORTLY AFTER THE MILLWRIGHT ENTERED THE PULPIT, A REACTION SIMILAR TO A "CARBON BLOW" OCCURRED (THE FURNACE HAD BEEN IDLE MORE THAN 1/2 HOUR AT THIS TIME), AND A JET OF FLAME SHOT OUT THE SLAG DOOR. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS ENGULFED IN THE FLAME. HE WAS TAKEN TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AT THE LOCAL HOSPITAL AND DIAGNOSED AS HAVING BURNS ON 100% OF HIS BODY; 80% OF THE BURNS WERE 3RD DEGREE. HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO A BURN UNIT AND DIED 30 HOURS LATER.
Keywords: burn, furnace, work rules, fire, millwright, chemical reaction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101523934 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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