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Accident: 200051696 - Seven Employees Burned In Fire At Cold Storage Facility

Accident: 200051696 -- Report ID: 0728900 -- Event Date: 06/21/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30373198806/25/20021711Prime Refrigeration
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30373196206/24/20024222United States Cold Storage, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30373198806/25/20021711Prime Refrigeration
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30373196206/24/20024222United States Cold Storage, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30373198806/25/20021711Prime Refrigeration
On June 21, 2002, Employees #1 through #5 with Prime Refrigeration, and Employees #6 and #7 with United States Cold Storage, were burned in a flash fire/explosion at a cold storage facility in Omaha, NE. One of the Prime Refrigeration employees was using an oxy/acetylene torch to cut into an ammonia cooling system vessel that had been evacuated of ammonia and drained of lubricating oil. The vessel had evidently not been thoroughly cleaned or purged, allowing residual oil to fuel the fire. Employees #1 and #2 were hospitalized, and the others were treated and released.
Keywords: ammonia, cleaning, purging, burn, fire, lubricating fluid
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303731988 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters FallDist:
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Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fire/explosion
2 303731962 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Operating engineers FallDist:
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3 303731988 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters FallDist:
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Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fire/explosion
4 303731988 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters FallDist:
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Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fire/explosion
5 303731962 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Industrial engineers FallDist:
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6 303731988 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fire/explosion
7 303731988 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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