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Accident: 201043353 - Employee'S Hand Is Amputated In Explosion

Accident: 201043353 -- Report ID: 0953220 -- Event Date: 06/01/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31101547306/01/20071731Rps Underground, Llc
On June 1, 2007, Employee #1, a foreman, working with two laborers, was attempting to make a cad-weld to join two copper ground wires together. The two laborers were unable to ignite the starter material using a propane torch. Employee #1 retrieved another small container of starter material from his truck. Upon pouring the additional starter material onto the torch-heated cad- weld material, it ignited and spread to the container that Employee #1 was holding. The container exploded and amputated his hand above the wrist. The two laborers working with Employee #1 were knocked backwards, and complained of ringing in their ears and eye irritation. Employee #1 was hospitalized for his injuries.
Keywords: amputated, flammable liquid, electrician, torch, explosion, hand
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 311015473 Hospitalized injury Amputation Electricians FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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