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Accident: 170375638 - Employee Suffers Second-Degree Burns Escaping Fire

Accident: 170375638 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 11/02/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11970119111/22/19943322U S Pipe & Foundry Company, Inc
Employee #1 was operating a front end loader in a slag pond at an iron pipe foundry. The water in the pond contacted molten iron that was being drained from an iron-making cupola. The ensuing steam explosion filled the loader unit's cab with steam and flying debris and ignited a fire inside the cab. After the explosion, Employee #1 stepped into the scalding water in the slag pond and suffered second-degree burns on the ankles and calves of both of his legs. Causal factors include the presence of a molten iron and slag mixture near the slag pond during the cupola-draining operation; the operation of the loader in the pond during the cupola-draining process; the open door on the loader's cab, which allowed steam and flying debris to enter; and conditions of poor visibility and urgency, which contributed to Employee #1 stepping into the pond.
Keywords: burn, work rules, fire, steam, explosion, molten metal, loader, hot water, poor visibility
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119701191 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Excavating and loading machine operators

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