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Accident: 170707020 - Employee Killed When Burned In Magnesium Explosion

Accident: 170707020 -- Report ID: 0953220 -- Event Date: 03/18/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12474370903/20/19953339Titanium Metals Corp Of America
On March 18, 1995, Employees #1 and #2 were cleaning a magnesium fines bin that was connected to a filter two levels above. The filter and the connecting hose were under a vacuum and contained magnesium fines, which are reactive to air. At some point during the reassembly, air entered the filter, causing an explosion that vented down onto Employee #1. He sustained second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body. Employee #1 died at 12:25 p.m. on April 10, 1995. Employee #2 was not injured.
Keywords: burn, oxygen, cleaning, fire, explosion, chemical reaction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 124743709 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Not specified mechanics and repairers
2 124743709 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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