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Accident: 200921641 - Billet Explosion Kills Employee And Injures Another

Accident: 200921641 -- Report ID: 0355111 -- Event Date: 12/20/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30828506312/20/20043312Chaparral Steel
At approximately 5:40 p.m. on December 20, 2004, Employees #1 and #2, working for Chaparral Steel in Dinwiddie, VA, were cutting a mild steel I-beam billet with a large acetylene torch when the billet exploded. Employee #1 was struck in the head and ribs; Employee #2 was struck in the jaw. Employee #1 was killed while Employee #2 was hospitalized due to a broken jaw. At the time of the incident, both Employees were receiving training by a coworker, who was not injured. The billet exploded due to the high temperature gradient induced.
Keywords: head, steel, torch, explosion, rib, struck by, face, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 308285063 Fatality Concussion Molding and casting machine operators
2 308285063 Hospitalized injury Concussion Molding and casting machine operators

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