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Accident: 200542165 - Employee Dies After Gunpowder Explosion

Accident: 200542165 -- Report ID: 0317500 -- Event Date: 08/12/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31556126608/15/20115093Kantner Iron And Steel, Inc.
At approximately 3:00 p.m. on August 12, 2011, Employee #1, with Kantner Iron and Steel, Inc., was using a propane/oxygen torch to remove locks from a container to check its contents for recyclable items. He was unaware that the container held approximately 100 pounds of F-4 black gunpowder. While removing the second lock, a large explosion burned Employee #1. He was transported to a local hospital and then transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital, where he later died.
Keywords: burn, torch, explosion, powder
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 315561266 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction

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