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Accident: 200270577 - Employee Burned When Magnesium Dust Ignites, Later Dies

Accident: 200270577 -- Report ID: 0524500 -- Event Date: 02/17/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30021967203/03/19993471Industrial Finishing Services
At 1:30 p.m. on February 17, 1999, Employee #1 was using a Black and Decker electric sander, model #7441, with 80-grit sandpaper to sand the top of a compact computer. The sander suddenly caught on fire and Employee #1 dropped it onto the sanding table, igniting the magnesium dust from the computer housing that had settled there. A flash fire occurred that immediately ignited the magnesium dust on Employee #1's clothing. He suffered burns over 30 percent of his body and was transported to the hospital in Quincy, IL. Employee #1 was later flown by helicopter to Memorial Hospital in Springfield, IL, where he died on March 4, 1999.
Keywords: burn, portable power tool, sanding machine, dust, work rules, fire, combustible dust, housekeeping
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 300219672

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