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Accident: 200552529 - Employee Dies And One Is Injured In Acetylene Explosion

Accident: 200552529 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 09/23/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30447986809/23/20021761Allen Foster Enterprises Inc.
On September 23, 2002, Employees #1 and #2 used an acetylene/oxygen torch to cut sheet metal. Employee #1 stood near an enclosed box built into the side of the contractor's work trailer, waiting for Employee #2 to finish cutting a piece of sheet metal. As Employee #2 worked, sparks from his job ignited acetylene gas that was escaping from the enclosed box next to Employee #1. The resulting explosion blew the doors off the box. Employee #1 was killed when he was struck by one of the doors and by a piece of sheet metal. Employee #2 was struck by a small piece of metal and sustained lacerations, but he did not require hospitalization. An investigation revealed that acetylene was escaping from the box because a second hose was attached to the gas cylinder and was leaking acetylene.
Keywords: flammable vapors, acetylene, gas, explosion, laceration, gas leak, struck by, flying object, cutting and burning
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 2 30 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 304479868 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Exterior cladding
FatCause: Fire/explosion
2 304479868 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Construction laborers FallDist:

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