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Accident: 200072106 - Two Employees Sustain Burns When Lp Gas Tank Explodes

Accident: 200072106 -- Report ID: 0453720 -- Event Date: 12/03/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30650521512/04/20031522Wilkes Steel, Inc.
At 2:00 p.m. on December 03, 2004, Employees #1 and #2 were working out in the scrap metal processing yard, separating the scrap metal as it continued down the shaker conveyor belt. Employees #1 and #2 were approximately 25 ft and 31 ft away from the baling shear when a liquefied petroleum (LP) gas attachment tank was moved into position to be cut by the baling shear (Harris Model-BSH-550 LH, Serial Number 580). When the baling shear moved down to cut into the tank's outer metal skin, a white-looking cloud of spray released low to the ground. It ignited, with red and orange flames coming out from the LP tank and baling shear directly towards Employees #1 and #2. They sustained 1st and 2nd degree burns from the heat and flames. Employees #1 and #2 were taken to the North Wilkesboro Hospital in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, for medical treatment. Employee #2 was treated and released. Employee #1 was taken by an air care to Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, North Carolina, for further treatment.
Keywords: burn, heat, shear, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, gas, petroleum naphtha, explosion, tank
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant Other $50,000 to $250,000 1 5000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 306505215 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Other Activities-Post Decking Detail Work
FatCause: Other
2 306505215 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Other Activities-Post Decking Detail Work
FatCause: Other

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