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Accident: 170111033 - Employee Injured When Struck By Exploding 55 Gallon Drum

Accident: 170111033 -- Report ID: 0111400 -- Event Date: 03/16/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10913203503/16/19945511Don Allen Auto Service Incorporated
On March 15, 1994, Employee #1 had been acting as a fire watch while a coworker cut the tops off four or five 55 gallon drums. When the coworker was called away, Employee #1 began to cut a drum. As soon as the flame from the welding torch penetrated the drum, the bottom of the drum ruptured, forcing the drum upward. The drum struck Employee #1 in the face, breaking his nose and the orbital bones around each eye. The drum at one time had contained gasoline and had not been properly vented, inerted, or cleaned before the employee began cutting.
Keywords: eye, fracture, flammable vapors, work rules, drum, rupture, struck by, flying object, face, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 109132035 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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