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Accident: 14539142 - Ignited Vapors From Drum While Cutting Brackets; Exploded

Accident: 14539142 -- Report ID: 0452110 -- Event Date: 10/25/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1478775810/29/19841611W L Harper Construction Co
ON OCTOBER 25, 1984, AT APPROXIMATELY 1:40 PM, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS USING A WELDING/CUTTING TORCH TO CUT BRACKETS LOOSE FROM A TRAILER FRAMEWORK. THE TRAILER WAS USED TO SPRAY CONCRETE CURING COMPOUND. A 55 GALLON GALLON DRUM WAS MOUNTED ON THE TRAILER ADJACENT TO ONE OF THE BRACKETS. THE TORCH APPARNTLEY IGNITED FUMES FROM THE DRUM, CAUSING AN EXPLOSION AND SUSEQUENT FIRE. EMPLOYEE #2, ALTHOUGH SUSTAINING NO VISIBLE INJURIES WHEN HE WAS THROWN BACKWARDS BY THE EXPLOSION, WAS HOSPITALIZED. EMPLOYEES #3 AND #4 SUSTAINED BURNS AND WERE HOSPITALIZED.
Keywords: burn, flammable vapors, drum, construction, torch, explosion, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14787758 Hospitalized injury Hearing Loss Heavy equipment mechanics
2 14787758 Hospitalized injury Other Truck drivers, light
3 14787758 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Surveying and mapping technicians
4 14787758 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Surveying and mapping technicians

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