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Accident: 170764898 - Two Employees Injured In Hydrogen Furnace Explosion

Accident: 170764898 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 11/05/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12559024011/05/19982899Carpenter Parmatech
On December 5, 1998, Employees #1 and #2 were working on a CM hydrogen furnace that had jammed when the furnace exploded. They sustained flash burns to their faces and were taken to the emergency room at Petaluma Valley Hospital, where they were treated and released later the same day. The retrieval tool they were using was not suitable for servicing a hydrogen furnace, and may have been the ignition source for the explosion. The furnace had not been purged for 10 hours, as required by the manufacturer.
Keywords: burn, furnace, hydrogen, work rules, jammed, explosion, purging, face
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125590240 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Industrial engineering technicians
2 125590240 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Industrial engineering technicians

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