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Accident: 170672430 - Employee Dies In Aluminum Powder Explosion

Accident: 170672430 -- Report ID: 0452110 -- Event Date: 01/04/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12379452101/04/19953399Reynolds Metals Co. Plant #3
Employee #1, acting within the scope of his normal job duties, was attempting to change an aluminum powder sensor for a storage/convey tank at a facility that manufactures aluminum powder and paste. The electrical power to the sensor was still present when the unit went into operation and generated an aluminum cloud. The combination of these factors caused two successive explosions and ensuing fires in which Employee #1 was killed. Electrical test instruments belonging to Employee #1 were found in another location. The electrical power had not been eliminated and the pneumatic energy source had not been identified and controlled.
Keywords: maintenance, aluminum dust, aluminum processing, work rules, fire, storage tank, lockout, explosion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 123794521 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Misc. electrical & electronic equipment repairers

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