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Accident: 200020287 - Employee Injured When Drum Explodes During Cutting

Accident: 200020287 -- Report ID: 0214200 -- Event Date: 02/19/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30002243102/19/19976519Roned Reality, Inc.
Employee #1 was using a Sawzall to cut off the tops and bottoms of unwashed 55 gallon drums that had previously held oil-based paints and lacquer thinner. After cutting several drums and breaking a number of saw blades, hr decided to switch to an oxy/acetylene torch. The final drum to be cut had previously contained lacquer thinner, and the bungs had not been removed to allow it to air. The drum exploded while Employee #1 was cutting it. He fractured both legs and sustained second-degree burns to his face, hands, and neck. Employee #1 was flown to a local trauma center and then transferred to a burn center.
Keywords: burn, fracture, acetylene torch, ventilation, flammable vapors, work rules, drum, explosion, face, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300022431 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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