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Accident: 14560486 - Employee Killed In 55 Gallon Drum Explosion

Accident: 14560486 -- Report ID: 0112600 -- Event Date: 03/02/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10286299203/08/19891611L. Russo Construction Co., Inc.
On March 2, 1989, Employee #1 was using an oxygen/acetylene set-up to cut the lid off a 55 gallon drum to render the drum ready for scrap. Apparently, Employee #1 did not remove plugs to vent the drum or ascertain the drum's previous contents. The drum vapors exploded, causing extensive burns and blunt head trauma to Employee #1. He was killed.
Keywords: burn, head, flammable vapors, venting, work rules, drum, construction, explosion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102862992 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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