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Accident: 171017718 - Employee Injured In Explosion While Cutting Fuel Tank

Accident: 171017718 -- Report ID: 1054114 -- Event Date: 11/13/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12469229411/14/19965199Lee E Rubenstein & Jack Schneiderman
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on November 13, 1996, Employee #1, a metals processing worker, and a coworker were using oxygen and propane gas to cut scrap metal into pieces. Employee #1 was cutting a fuel tank when and it exploded. He was wearing a face shield and hard hat, but he sustained damage to his eyes and a concussion. The coworker, who was cutting approximately 11 ft away, was not injured. The fuel tank contained no liquid fuel and Employee #1 believed it was free of flammable vapors. There was no fire with the explosion.
Keywords: eye, vapor, flammable vapors, propane torch, explosion, scrap metal, struck by, concussion, tank, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 124692294 Hospitalized injury Concussion Occupation not reported

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