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Accident: 201079696 - Employee Is Injured By Exploding Shrapnel

Accident: 201079696 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 08/08/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31534989408/12/20135093Ims Recycling Services Inc
On August 8, 2013, an employee, a torcher and a quality control inspector, was inspecting a bale of compressed aluminum scrap metal, when he identified a "contaminant" that needed to be removed from the bale. The employee, using a plasma torch, proceeded to remove the contaminant as was the standard practice. The contaminant was a 16-inch long cylinder of unknown origin that exploded after being heated by the torch. The explosion shot out the cylinder and shrapnel, striking the employee in the groin area and face. The employee was hospitalized and treated for his injuries.
Keywords: flammable vapors, torch, explosion, laceration, pelvis, struck by, flying object, face
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 315349894 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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