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Accident: 200840288 - Employee Burned In Flash Fire, Later Dies

Accident: 200840288 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 10/31/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30060565610/09/19973312Laclede Steel Company
On October 8, 1997, Employee #1 was in an open pit area called the scale drag, which had been shut down for maintenance. He was preparing to perform some hotwork with an oxygen-fuel gas cutting torch, and he placed the hose and torch head in the pit, along with other equipment and tools necessary for the job. He then left the area for between 30 and 40 minutes. Upon his return, he re-entered the scale drag pit and took out his striker to light the cutting torch when a flash fire erupted. Employee #1 sustained second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body. He was transported to the hospital, where he died on October 31, 1997.
Keywords: burn, maintenance, acetylene torch, flammable vapors, fire, welder, torch, pit, chemical vapor, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300605656 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Machinery maintenance occupations

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