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Accident: 14529762 - Employees Injured In Dust Collection System Explosion

Accident: 14529762 -- Report ID: 0111700 -- Event Date: 02/08/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1790381602/08/19932499Rochester Shoe Tree Co., Inc.
An ignition source, probably a Diehl ripsaw, caused a small fire and/or deflagration at the dust collection system baghouse. Witnesses reported hearing a low-pitched rumble, similar to the one heard prior to the last explosion in 1990. They then looked up to the return air ducts to see a large volume of dust blow out, followed by a flame. A secondary explosion occurred and the resulting pressure wave pushed out a section of wall in the opposite end of the plant. Employees #1 through #8 were injured; Employees #5 and #8 were hospitalized.
Keywords: dust, wall, fire, dust collector, explosion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 17903816 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 17903816 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 17903816 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
4 17903816 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
5 17903816 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
6 17903816 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
7 17903816 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
8 17903816 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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