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Accident: 14495428 - Three Employees Burned In Explosion At Asphalt Plant

Accident: 14495428 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 09/21/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
243951109/22/19872952Trumball, A Division Of Owens-Corning Fiberglas
ON SEPTEMBER 21, 1987, THREE EMPLOYEES WERE FIGHTING A FIRE IN THE PREHEATER BOX AT AN ASPHALT MANUFACTURING PLANT. THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE WITH HAND HELD FIRE EXTINGUISHERS AND HAD BACKED AWAY FROM THE FIRE AREA ABOUT 58 FEET TO THE WEST. THEY HAD BEEN STANDING IN THAT AREA FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES WHEN THEY HEARD A HISSING NOISE AND REALIZED SOMETHING WAS GOING TO EXPLODE. THEY TURNED AND WERE RUNNING AWAY WHEN HE ASPHALT PUMP EXPLODED. A FIRE PLUME ENGULFED THE THREE EMPLOYEES FROM THE REAR. THEY SUSTAINED SECOND AND THIRD DEGREE BURNS ON THEIR BACKS AND THE BACK SIDE OF THEIR LEGS, ARMS AND HEAD (OVER 50% OF THEIR BODIES).
Keywords: burn, head, fire extinguisher, fire, back, explosion, arm, asphalt, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2439511 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 2439511 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 2439511 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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