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Accident: 200271203 - One Employee Dies Another Injured, In Dust Explosion

Accident: 200271203 -- Report ID: 0524500 -- Event Date: 07/09/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30589047707/29/20031795Huls Inc.
On July 9, 2003, Employees #1 and #2 were using a torch to remove components of a dust collector. A small, smoldering fire started, and one of the employees, using a Halon fire extinguisher, put out the fire. While extinguishing the fire, aluminum dust was dispersed into the air, causing an explosion. Both employees were injured in the blast and taken to the burn unit. On July 21, 2003, Employee #1 died from the injuries sustained in the blast. Employee #2 was critically injured.
Keywords: aluminum dust, fire extinguisher, fire, explosion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Demolition Under $50,000 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 305890477 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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