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Accident: 200570893 - Employee Is Killed By Explosion

Accident: 200570893 -- Report ID: 0316700 -- Event Date: 11/23/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30584316111/23/20045511Jack Giambalvo Motor Company
Employee #1 was using an acetylene torch to cut an empty 55-gallon drum. The empty drum had contained concentrated Crown Windshield Washer Fluid, containing 99.85 percent Methyl Alcohol, Methanol. When he started to cut into the top of the sealed drum, it exploded and the bottom of the drum ripped from the sides of the drum. Employee #1 was hospitalized for treatment of blunt force trauma to the head and thermal trauma.
Keywords: head, methyl alcohol, vapor, drum, fire, torch, explosion, struck by, contusion, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305843161 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Automobile mechanics

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