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Accident: 170402093 - Employees Hospitalized After Causing Explosion With Torches

Accident: 170402093 -- Report ID: 0213600 -- Event Date: 06/28/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10734901106/28/19932821Occidental Chemical Corporation - Durez Division
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10734907806/28/19931791Holcombe Company, Inc.
An explosion and fire occurred on the first floor of building M-3B in an area where employees of Holcombe Company were using oxyacetylene torches to remove steel deck flooring. Employees #1 through #6 were injured; all but Employee #3 were hospitalized. It is assumed that the torches ignited combustible gases that collected in the plenum space beneath the steel deck floor.
Keywords: flammable vapors, work rules, explosion, acetylene torch, fire, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107349011 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Mixing and blending machine operators
2 107349011 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Mixing and blending machine operators
3 107349011 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Mixing and blending machine operators
4 107349078 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Helpers, construction trades
5 107349078 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters
6 107349078 Hospitalized injury Hearing Loss Welders and cutters

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