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Accident: 170388532 - Employee Injured In Explosion At Aluminum Melting Furnace

Accident: 170388532 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 05/13/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30071806105/25/20003341Superior Aluminum Alloys, Llc
Employee #1 was instructed by his supervisor to use a Bobcat loader to add 900 lb of silicon into the #2 aluminum melting furnace. Employee #1 had dumped in two buckets when an explosion occurred that ignited his clothing and the Bobcat. Employee #1 sustained injuries, for which he was hospitalized. The explosion was triggered by standing water that had pooled on the floor in the silicon area due to major leaks in the roof.
Keywords: front end loader, aluminum processing, inadequate maint, work rules, fire, explosion, chemical reaction, melting furnace, chemical, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300718061 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Furnace, kiln and oven operators

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