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Accident: 170387104 - Employee Burned In Oven Fire Explosion

Accident: 170387104 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 01/22/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11498191301/28/19973321Dalton Foundries
At 5:50 a.m. on or about January 22, 1997, Employee #1 was removing cores from a conveyor after they had gone through a core drying oven. The core dip contained isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol). The cores were not drying properly, and the temperature on the electric oven was increased. When the bare electric heating elements came on, they ignited the alcohol fumes, resulting in an explosion, Employee #1 suffered burns on her face, neck, arms, and back.
Keywords: burn, isopropyl alcohol, vapor, flammable vapors, isopropanol, oven, work rules, explosion, drying furnace, face
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 114981913 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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