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Accident: 200262822 - Employee Is Killed By Explosion

Accident: 200262822 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 05/16/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30994645705/16/20062075Riceland Foods
Employee #1 was working in the hydrogenation area when he removed the lid from Converter Number 1 and placed it on the ground next to the approximately 25-in.-diameter opening to the converter. Employee #1 then removed the gasket from around the lid and used a wire-brush grinder to remove the silicone that had sealed the gasket to the lid. Converter Number 1 contained a mixture of vegetable oil and hydrogen. While Employee #1 was grinding the lid, sparks mixed with the hydrogen and exploded. Employee #1 was thrown approximately 7 ft into the air and onto some overhead pipes. Employee #1's right arm was severed and he was killed.
Keywords: grinder, severed, hydrogen, struck against, hot cooking oil, explosion, pipe, spark, arm, hand tool
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309946457 Fatality Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

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