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Accident: 170073035 - Numerous Employees Killed Or Injured In Plant Fire

Accident: 170073035 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 09/03/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1847920409/03/19912015Imperial Food Products, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1855220809/17/19912052Lance, Inc.
At approximately 8:15 a.m. on September 3, 1991, maintenance employees were attempting to repair and replace a leaking hydraulic line in the process room of the main plant. During the repair operation, the incoming hydraulic line separated from its coupling at a point approximately 60 inches above the concrete floor and began to discharge hydraulic fluid at high pressure (800 to 1,200 psi). This high pressure and subsequent flow resulted in hydraulic fluid being sprayed against the floor and onto the nearby natural gas-fueled cooker, which was fully operational. The cooker's normal operating temperature was at least 350 degrees. No lockout/tagout procedures were being followed during the repair. Fire and smoke were produced when the hydraulic fluid contacted the cooker, resulting in the rapid dispersal of combustion products throughout most of the plant. Employees #1 through #24 were killed. (Employee #25 was also killed, but should be referenced in inspection #18552208.) All other employees (#26 through #88) were hospitalized for their injuries except Employees #67, #68, #78, #79, #80, #81, #82, #84, #85, #86, #87, and #88, who were treated and released. Employee evacuation from the building was hindered by locked exterior doors and inadequate means of egress.
Keywords: obstructed egress, work rules, hydraulic fluid, cooker, evacuation, repair, fire, lockout, high pressure, high temperature
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
2 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
3 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
4 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
5 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
6 18479204 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
7 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
8 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
9 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
10 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
11 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
12 18479204 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
13 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
14 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
15 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
16 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
17 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
18 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
19 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
20 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
21 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
22 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
23 18479204 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
24 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
25 18479204 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
26 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
27 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
28 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
29 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
30 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
31 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
32 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
33 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
34 18479204 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
35 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
36 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
37 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
38 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
39 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
40 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
41 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
42 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
43 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
44 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
45 18479204 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
46 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
47 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
48 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
49 18479204 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
50 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
51 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
52 18479204 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
53 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
54 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
55 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
56 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
57 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
58 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
59 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
60 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
61 18479204 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Personnel, training & labor relations specialists
62 18479204 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
63 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
64 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
65 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
66 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
67 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
68 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
69 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
70 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
71 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
72 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
73 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
74 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
75 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
76 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
77 18479204 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
78 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
79 18479204 Non Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
80 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
81 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
82 18479204 Fatality Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
83 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
84 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
85 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
86 18479204 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Miscelaneous food preparation occupations
87 18552208 Fatality Asphyxia Sales support occupations, n.e.c.

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