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Accident: 170384283 - One Employee Killed, One Injured In Blast Furnace Release

Accident: 170384283 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 04/08/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12398221704/10/19961542Davy Songer, Inc.
Employee #1 was operating a Daewoo excavator with a ram attachment for breaking concrete. He was on an 11 ft 6 in. wide ramp, trying to break out the refractory wall of a blast furnace. When the ram broke through the wall, hot coke, taconite, coal dust, and superheated steam rolled outward and engulfed the excavator and Employee #1. He was burned to death. Employee #2, who was in the area, was treated at the plant's infirmary for breathing difficulties.
Keywords: burn, furnace, respiratory, vapor, dismantling, blast furnace, construction, steam, air contamination, high temperature
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 123982217 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction trades, n.e.c.
2 123982217 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; carpenters and related workers

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