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Accident: 170843387 - Two Employees Burned When Aluminum Dust Explodes

Accident: 170843387 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 03/16/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12559525603/21/20003441Wolff'S
Employee #1 was using an angle-head grinder on a steel camera platform in a metal fabrication and welding shop. The sparks from this process ignited aluminum dust in the dual bag dust collector, model UFO 102, that was approximately 6 to 8 ft away. Employee #2, who was doing some layout work across the room from Employee #1, came over and clapped the burning bag between his hands to stop the fire. Instead, the bag exploded and the aluminum dust flashed. Employee #1 suffered burns to his right arm; Employee #2 sustained burns on his face, both arms, stomach, and knee, for which he was hospitalized. The coworker should have used a fire extinguisher on the burning bag.
Keywords: burn, grinder, aluminum dust, work rules, fire, explosion, spark, arm, combustible dust, grinding machine
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125595256 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 125595256 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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