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Accident: 200040053 - Two Employees Killed In Fire In A Sawdust Storage Hopper

Accident: 200040053 -- Report ID: 0653510 -- Event Date: 08/14/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30004178708/15/19962421Sagebrush Sales
Employees #1 and #2 and coworkers were using portable fire extinguishers and buckets of water to extinguish smoldering sawdust that was falling out of an overhead storage hopper at a sawmill. The plant supervisor was attempting to dislodge smoldering sawdust that was stuck to the hopper's interior side walls. Employees #1 and #2, and the supervisor were under the hopper when the sawdust fell out in a fireball, engulfing them in flames. Employees #1 and #2 were killed. The fire department was called to help extinguish the blaze.
Keywords: burn, sawdust, storage bin, work rules, fire, sawmill, combustible dust, hopper
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300041787 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.
2 300041787 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.

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