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Accident: 200552537 - Explosive Gases Within A Container Ignited Killing Two

Accident: 200552537 -- Report ID: 0625700 -- Event Date: 05/10/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30447618705/10/20021542Brunt Construction
On May 10, 2002, an oxygen-acetylene cutting rig was stored overnight in an unventilated SeaLand shipping container. All the valves on the cylinders and the torch were left open overnight, and the gases filled the container with an explosive gas mixture. A nonintrinsically safe incandescent light and switch were installed within the container. The gas mixture exploded when the light was turned on the following morning, resulting in the death of two employees and the hospitalization of a third.
Keywords: oxygen, cylinder, acetylene, explosive mixing, gas, explosion, valve, gas leak, cutting and burning
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000 3 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 304476187 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Fire/explosion
2 304476187 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Fire/explosion
3 304476187 Fatality Amputation Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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