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Accident: 200644326 - Welder Dies In Propane Fire And Explosion

Accident: 200644326 -- Report ID: 0627700 -- Event Date: 11/03/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31237938111/04/20082421Weyerhaeuser Company
Employee #1, a welder, suffered burns to the face and neck and later died from a propane fire/explosion. Employee #1 was using two propane torches to cure a repair refractory patch on the inside wall of the burner. One of the propane torches was having trouble staying lit and had previously required to be reignited. At the time of the incident both torches were placed in the bottom framework. It appears the torch which previously required to be reignited was being retracted from the burner when an explosion occurred, Employee #1 suffered burns to the face and neck from the explosion and died approximately 2 hours later.
Keywords: burn, gas powered welder, fire, welder, welding, gas, propane torch, torch, explosion, propane
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312379381 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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