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Accident: 170121123 - Five Employees Burned In Wood Silo Fire/Explosion

Accident: 170121123 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 12/04/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11114133912/05/19922435Atlantic Veneer Corp
A wood silo fire was reported on Wednesday, December 2, 1992, at Atlantic Veneer and continued through Friday, December 4, 1992, at silo #2. The Beaufort Fire Department responded and fought the smoldering fire. Attempts were made on Wednesday and Thursday morning to mechanically remove the embers and material inside the silo, but the attempts were unsuccessful. Access doors were then opened and the material was removed manually by members of the fire department and employees and management of Atlantic Veneer. This continued through Friday morning, December 4, 1992. On Friday morning, Atlantic Veneer employees were cleaning out silo #2 and removing material when wood dust inside the silo ignited and shot out of the west side access door approximately 83 ft. No employees were wearing protective clothing. Employees #1 through #5 were burned and transported by EMS to the hospital, and Employees #1 through #5 were hospitalized.
Keywords: combustible dust, cleaning, silo, fire, burn, ppe, work rules
Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111141339 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Production helpers
2 111141339 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Boilermakers
3 111141339 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Production helpers
4 111141339 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors, production occupations
5 111141339 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Production helpers