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Accident: 201087400 - Employee Is Burned In Flammable Vapor Explosion

Accident: 201087400 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 10/06/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30636138702/23/20063559Wcr Inc
On October 6, 2005, Employee #1 was involved in the demolition of a fifty-five gallon closed end steel drum, using an oxy-acetylene cutting torch. Acetone is used in the company's principal business of rebuilding heat exchangers. The employer's unwritten demolition procedures were described as follows: remove all bungs, triple rinse barrels with water, affix a label denoting rinsing procedures are completed, and store drum in a designated area. The final procedure was to check for bung removal and labeling prior to using the torch to cut out the top and bottom ends and make a cut along the long axis of the drum. Employee #1 was observed commencing to cut a drum without bungs removed and without any physical evidence of the subject drum being cleaned of flammable vapor/liquid. The flammable vapor was ignited by his oxy-acetylene cutting torch. He sustained burns from the explosion and was hospitalized for treatment.
Keywords: burn, acetylene torch, flammable vapors, drum, acetone, explosion, face
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306361387 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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