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Accident: 170197560 - Welder Killed When Torch Ignites Oxygen Leaking From Pipe

Accident: 170197560 -- Report ID: 0950622 -- Event Date: 03/08/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12019503703/08/19951623Blair Excavators, Inc.
Employee #1 was inside an excavation at a sewage plant using an acetylene torch to cut a pipe. The pipe was leaking oxygen and exploded. Employee #1 died in the ensuing fire. Employee #2, the owner, sustained 3rd-degree burns while trying to rescue Employee #1. He was hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, leak, oxygen, acetylene torch, work rules, fire, construction, explosion, pipe, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120195037 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters
2 120195037 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; plumbers, pipefitters & steamfitters

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