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Accident: 200820801 - Employee Burned When Hydraulic Fluid Vapor Ignites

Accident: 200820801 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 05/04/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30260572005/05/20003312Northwestern Steel & Wire Company
Employee #1 and two coworkers were preparing to tap the #8 furnace when for some reason an eruption occurred, sending molten slag at approximately 2,800 degrees F out of the lance opening. The slag poured onto unshielded high pressure hydraulic lines and burned through them. This sent a cloud of hydraulic fluid vapor into the work area which immediately ignited into a ball of fire. Employee #1 and the two coworkers sustained burns, for which they were hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, furnace, steel-melting furn, flammable vapors, molten slag, work rules, fire, hydraulic fluid, explosion, chemical reaction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302605720 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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