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Accident: 170868152 - Acetylene Cylinder Explosion Injures Employee

Accident: 170868152 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 06/16/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12582466406/30/20045093Chico Scrap Metal Inc
Employee #1 is the part-owner and general manager of the metal recycling plant and helps out in the yard when necessary. At the time of the accident Employee #1 was sorting and shearing scrap metal with the large backhoe equipped with large jaws to shear and crush metal. Employee #1 unknowingly picked up a compressed gas cylinder containing acetylene, believing it was an oxygen cylinder because of the color coding. When the shearing jaws crushed the cylinder it exploded and created a large and intense fireball that burned the left arm and face of Employee #1. Employee #1 sustained first-degree and second-degree burns and was hospitalized overnight.
Keywords: cylinder, acetylene, compressed gas, scrap yard, explosion, scrap metal
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125824664 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Excavating and loading machine operators

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