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Accident: 14424451 - Two Employees Killed, One Injured During Fire/Explosion

Accident: 14424451 -- Report ID: 0729300 -- Event Date: 11/13/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10654167511/16/19927349Renaissance Metals Dba Mid America Metals
At approximately 1:04 a.m. on November 13, 1992, Employees #1, #2, and #3 were using #70 cleaning thinner inside an elevator car (a confined space) with no mechanical ventilation. The flammable vapors ignited and engulfed the elevator car in flames. With no means to extinguish the flames or exit, Employees #1 and #2 were killed, suffering smoke inhalation. Employee #3 was hospitalized.
Keywords: obstructed egress, thinner, ventilation, confined space, flammable vapors, low flash point, work rules, fire, explosion, smoke inhalation
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106541675 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 106541675 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 106541675 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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