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Accident: 170184907 - Employees Burned By Ignited Dust

Accident: 170184907 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 09/21/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11211902910/17/19915162Pass And Seymour Legrand
Employee #1 was cutting the metal rod of a machine press with an acetylene torch while Employee #2 was on a forklift holding the machine press steady. As the metal rod was totally cut off, the forklift jerked and a cloud of dust that had accumulated on top of the lighting fixture drifted downward. As the dust came in contact with the acetylene torch flame, it ignited and formed a fireball that burned Employees #1 and #2. Both employees were taken to the hospital for treatment of second-degree burns.
Keywords: burn, dust, acetylene, fire, torch, combustible dust, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112119029 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Industrial machinery repairers
2 112119029 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Industrial machinery repairers

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