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Accident: 200010213 - Employee Killed In Explosion Of Chemical Drum

Accident: 200010213 -- Report ID: 0729300 -- Event Date: 04/09/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30001859504/09/19981771Vee-Jay Cement Contracting Co., Inc.
Employee #1 was using an acetylene torch on a spent, 55 gallon chemical drum. The heat from the torch caused it to become overpressurized, and the drum exploded. Employee #1 was killed. The drum was not vented and it contained residue from a class IIIB combustible substance. No other compounds were found during analysis of the substance left in drum after the explosion.
Keywords: acetylene torch, ventilation, work rules, drum, construction, explosion, high pressure, combustible liquid, flying object, chemical
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Other Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300018595 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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