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Accident: 200358174 - Compressed Gas Cylinder Ruptures, Amputates Worker'S Legs

Accident: 200358174 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 08/20/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31321698809/30/20095084Airgas National Welders, Inc.
On August 20, 2009, a worker was filling a 60-cylinder manifold system of compressed oxygen. It was operating at 2,350 lbs of pressure. During filling a gas cylinder ruptured. At the time of the cylinder rupture, the worker was turning off the cylinder valves. EMS responded to the scene, and the worker was transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital, where he was hospitalized. As a result of the severity of the worker's injury, medical personnel amputated both legs at the mid-thigh level.
Keywords: oxygen, amputated, cylinder, compressed gas, rupture, explosion, high pressure, struck by, flying object, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313216988 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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