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Accident: 14439327 - Two Employees Injured By Explosion In Ventilation System

Accident: 14439327 -- Report ID: 1032500 -- Event Date: 03/14/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10730137603/14/19912431Woodgrain Millwork, Inc.
Employees #1 and #2 were changing the sanding belts on a drum sander when the sanding belt on the top sander broke, blowing pieces of burning paper into the ventilation system. This caused an explosion in the cyclone which flashed back into the ventilation system and reached Employees #1 and #2 at the drum sander. They suffered second- and third-degree burns on their heads and backs, and were hospitalized. The ventilation system was not equipped with spark detectors, sprinklers, or explosion venting and dampers. A citation was issued regarding the improper design of the ventilation system.
Keywords: burn, fire ext system, head, maintenance, explosion venting, work rules, fire, equipment failure, back, explosion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107301376 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 107301376 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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