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Accident: 200713253 - Employee Is Killed When Autoclave Explodes

Accident: 200713253 -- Report ID: 0636900 -- Event Date: 08/24/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31044185208/25/20075531Ratliff Tire Company Inc.
On August 24, 2007, Employee #1 and a coworker were buffing out and repairing tires in a shop, where an autoclave was also located. The pressure vessel was used in a vulcanizing process. Employee #1 and the coworker heard a hissing noise from the autoclave and Employee #1 went to investigate the source of the noise, suspecting an air leak. Employee #1 walked to the side of the pressure vessel and then in front of it. The autoclave suddenly lost pressure. The lid for the vessel was blown out of the building, as well as six tires that were being processed inside it. Employee #1 was struck by the lid and probably also by the tires. He was killed.
Keywords: air pressure, cover, repair, pressure vessel, explosion, laceration, struck by, flying object, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310441852 Fatality Cut/Laceration Heat treating equipment operators

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