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Accident: 201342649 - Two Employees Are Burned In Distillery Explosion

Accident: 201342649 -- Report ID: 0729700 -- Event Date: 09/13/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30503020709/14/20021799Marlatt Construction, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30503018109/14/20022046Mgp Ingredients, Inc.
On September 13, 2002, Employees #1 and #2 were working in the vicinity of the A-still when it was started. One of the manhole covers in the absorption column was apparently open and flammable alcohol vapors escaped and exploded in flame. Employees #1 and #2 both sustained burns, for which they were hospitalized. Previously, the absorption column had been opened to inspect the corn grits process and apparently one of the manholes had not been closed. No lockout and tagout procedures were used when the absorption column was opened, and there was no verification process in place to ensure that all the manhole covers were closed before the still was activated.
Keywords: explosion, flammable vapors, lockout, cover, fire, alcohol, burn, work rules
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Other Under $50,000 15 210
Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 305030207 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Welders and cutters
2 305030181 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported