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Accident: 201272648 - Employee Is Killed By Exploding Metal Drum

Accident: 201272648 -- Report ID: 0418300 -- Event Date: 10/02/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31137984610/03/20073621Winfrey Electric Motor Service, Inc.
On October 2, 2007, the shop manager (owner's brother) was using a welders cutting torch to cut the top off of a 55-gallon metal drum. The drum had not been purged, as required, and still had fumes and/or residue of an unknown product, which had been transferred to the drum. While the shop manager was cutting the top of the drum off, it exploded, shooting out flames which engulfed and severely burned him. Employee #1 suffered burns to over "85" of his body (direct quote, assumed to be 85%). He was air-evacuated to UAB burn unit, where he died on October 2, 2007.
Keywords: burn, vapor, venting, work rules, drum, torch, explosion, cutting and burning
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311379846 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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