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Accident: 170761860 - Employee Burned When Magnesium Dust Ignites, Later Dies

Accident: 170761860 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 02/03/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30071460704/26/20003369National Magnesium & Aluminum Foundry, Inc.
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on February 3, 2000, Employee #1 was using a Type N RotoClone grinding machine to grinding magnesium parts. He was standing in front of the machine when a light fixture fell from the ceiling and generated a spark that ignited the magnesium dust in the air and on the machine. Employee #1 sustained severe chemical burns to his arms and back, for which he was hospitalized. He died on April 10, 2000, as a result of his injuries.
Keywords: grinder, dust, work rules, lighting fixture, back, chemical burn, spark, combustible dust, housekeeping, grinding machine
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300714607 Fatality Burn(Chemical) Grinding, abrading, buffing & polishing mach. op's

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