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Accident: 170604482 - Employee'S Leg Injured When Struck By Drum Lid

Accident: 170604482 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 05/12/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11215569205/13/19939199La City Dept Of Public Works
On May 12, 1993, Employee #1 attempted to cut a 55 gallon steel drum in half with an oxygen/acetylene torch. The drum had been used to store motor oil. As Employee #1 cut the drum, he ignited vapors still inside the container. The force of the ignition blew the lid off. The lid struck Employee #1's left leg, causing a compound fracture. Employee #1 failed to follow established company safety procedures of venting and cleaning the drum first. There were no other workers in the room at the time of the accident.
Keywords: fracture, acetylene torch, oil drum, flammable vapors, venting, work rules, explosion, struck by, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112155692 Hospitalized injury Fracture Welders and cutters

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