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Accident: 170110027 - Employee Injured In Fire Caused By Xylene Vapors

Accident: 170110027 -- Report ID: 0111400 -- Event Date: 05/09/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10743778205/09/19912851Glyptal, Incorporated
To clean a ceramic-lined paint ball mill, Employee #1 was pouring 2 to 3 gallons of xylene from an open 5 gallon, 26 gauge steel container into the port of the ball mill. The employee made contact between the cast iron skin of the ball mill and the steel can, which generated a static spark that caused an explosion and flash fire. The employee suffered third-degree burns to his left hand, wrist, and arm, and first-degree burns to his face and upper torso. He inhaled superheated vapors that damaged his lungs.
Keywords: burn, lung, flammable vapors, xylene, cleaning, fire, inhalation, explosion, spark, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107437782 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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