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Accident: 170055784 - Cutting Torch Ignites Flammables; No Injuries

Accident: 170055784 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 01/15/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1845431401/16/19913566Southern Gear Works, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1845429801/17/19911711Gastonia Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on January 15, 1991, Employee #3, of Gastonia Sheet Metal Works, Inc., was at Southern Gear Works, Inc., in Gastonia, NC, cutting an old exhaust pipe from a heat treating unit with an acetylene torch. He was within 3 ft of a cardboard drum containing sodium and potassium nitrates, which are strong oxidizers. Sparks from the cutting ignited the drum, creating an area fire. The contractor's employees failed to clear the fire area of combustible materials before beginning acetylene torch cutting. No injuries, however, resulted from the fire or inhalation of smoke and fumes.
Keywords: acetylene torch, work rules, fire, spark, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18454314 Non Hospitalized injury Other Machinists
2 18454314 Non Hospitalized injury Other Machinists
3 18454298 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors, n.e.c.

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